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The sale of five V-22 Osprey aircraft to Japan will substantially bolster U.S.-Japan military-to-military cooperation and improve the island nation’s ability to help counter-balance China’s assertive behavior as tensions rise in the Pacific, Pentagon officials said. The Japanese Defense Forces’ acquisition of Ospreys also comes as tensions between Japan and neighboring China appear to be […]

After years of trying, the Navy and Bell Boeing have announced the first foreign sale of the V-22 Ospreys, with five of the tilt-rotor aircraft under contract for delivery to Japan. The $332.5 million contract for the Block C version of the Osprey included support, training, and equipment to boost the mobility of Japan’s Self-Defenses […]

Bell Boeing recently test fired laser-guided rockets from the V-22 Osprey aircraft in a series of mock combat demonstrations at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., showing for the first time that the tiltrotor aircraft can be used for offensive missile and rocket attacks. The forward-firing flights at Yuma shot a range of guided and unguided rockets […]

On a rainy day in Paris earlier this year, the Marine Corps officer who oversees the V-22 Osprey program talked about the aircraft’s rising international demand. More than a few countries are lining up to buy the tilt-rotor aircraft, which takes off and lands like a helicopter and flies like a plane, Col. Greg Masiello […]

The U.S. has deployed 10 MV-22 Ospreys to Darwin, Australia to take part in the massive U.S.-Australia Talisman Saber exercise as the two countries expand their long-standing alliance. It’s the latest step in the overall U.S. strategy to shift its focus to the Pacific as the U.S. continues to counter China’s expanding presence in the […]