5-Year Update Environmental Assessment for CV-22 Beddown
PARSONS CORP TALLAHASSEE FL
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The purpose of the Proposed Action is to Conduct IOTE by testing the operation of the CV-22 in as realistic an operational environment as possible and practicable, to identify and resolve any deficiencies and to ensure the aircraft will function as designed in a Joint Service application for its intended use as a replacement for the current MH-53 helicopter, currently based at Hurlburt Field and Beddown up to 27 CV-22 aircraft at Hurlburt Field between FY 2007-FY 2017. The Proposed Action is needed because, in order to meet USAF mission requirements, 16 SOW must be capable of providing support for the training requirements of special operations forces in preparation for passive and active combat defense countermeasures. The current MH-53 helicopter technology utilized by special operations forces at Hurlburt Field is nearing the end of its service life, and therefore requires upgrading. The CV-22 has been designated as its intended replacement. It has the ability to travel large distances at high speeds, at night, and under adverse weather conditions. The CV-22 provides increased operational capabilities over the MH- 53 helicopter.