Accession Number:

ADA503817

Title:

V-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor Aircraft: Background and Issues for Congress

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-07-14

Pagination or Media Count:

53.0

Abstract:

The V-22 Osprey is a tilt-rotor aircraft that takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter and flies forward like an airplane. Department of Defense DoD plans call for procuring a total of 458 V-22s -- 360 MV-22s for the Marine Corps 50 CV-22 special operations variants for U.S. Special Operations Command, or USSOCOM funded jointly by the Air Force and USSOCOM and 48 HV-22s for the Navy. Through FY2009, a total of 181 V-22s have been procured -- 155 MV-22s for the Marine Corps, and 26 CV-22s for USSOCOM. These totals include several V-22s that have been procured in recent years through supplemental appropriations bills. The proposed FY2010 budget requests funding for the procurement of 30 MV-22s and 5 CV-22s. The budget requests about 2.3 billion in procurement and advance procurement funding for procurement of MV-22s, and about 565 million in procurement and advance procurement funding for procurement of CV-22s. For FY2010, the V-22 program poses a number of potential oversight issues for Congress, including the aircrafts reliability and maintainability. A June 23, 2009, hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reviewed a number of issues concerning the V-22 program, including the aircrafts reliability and maintainability. The House and Senate Armed Services Committees, in their markups of the FY2010 defense authorization bill H.R. 2647S. 1390, recommended approving the administrations FY2010 request for procurement and advance procurement funding for the procurement of MV-22s and CV-22s.

Subject Categories:

  • VSTOL
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE