Tuesday, December 9, 2014

V-22 Osprey Firing Missile

V-22 Osprey 
'Forward Firing'

V-22 firing missile

Via DefenseNews:

V-22 Osprey manufacturer Bell Boeing V-22 successfully tested its forward-firing capability last month at the US Army Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona, it was announced Monday.

Company officials said the test showed the V-22 can be armed with a variety of forward-facing munitions and can hit targets with a high degree of reliability. That will reduce the Osprey’s reliance on forward arming and refueling points, which are sometimes necessary to supply short-range attack rotorcraft in support of V-22 operations.

Vince Tobin, vice president and program manager for the Bell Boeing V-22, said this would allow the V-22 to be launched more frequently and on shorter notice.

Forward-facing weapons and armor protection are among several quick-turnaround upgrades that US Special Operations Command is pursuing after three Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Ospreys were shot up over Juba, South Sudan, a year ago, a program official said in May.

I don't think this is the solution to provide the Osprey with a weapon system.

V-22 needs a weapon that can provide supressive fire during the approach to a Landing Zone (LZ) where the aircraft is most vulnerable.

This forward firing missile system cannot satisfy securing hot/unknown LZs. And 2-4 missiles wont make the Osprey an equivalent to a dedicated attack aircraft such as USMC AH-1Z or US Army's AH-64.

The system proposed for the V22 in the past would be a much better approach to weaponizing the Osprey.

V-22 Weapon System

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Biggest issue with the V22 is the fact that it is a Tilt rotor. This inhibits positioning of weapons to the forward, rear and underside. this differs from a conventional Rotary wing or fixed wing asset as the large rotors limit the amount of space for under wing mounting and the changing from Horizontal to vertical flight modes limit the ability to mount side firing weapons. a belly mounted or Nose Mounted MG as well as missile and Rocket options. The AFSOC and the Marines have recently felt the need to up Arm there V22's for use in longer range then the conventional helicopters used as the back bone of there fleets. using a combination of forward mounted Rockets and farther recently tested firing Raytheon's Griffin B missile off the same mount. adding a Gau 19 could offer the start . adding additional arms through the rear ramp much like the common tube system on the Ghostrider Ac130J. such a platform could be operated form close forward operation bases or Naval ships.