Foreign Interest in V-22?
By DAVE MAJUMDAR • PARIS — There has been an uptick in foreign interest in the Bell/Boeing V-22 aircraft, senior U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officials said.
They wouldn’t say whom.
“There are a number of other countries that have expressed an interest in this platform said,” Rear Adm. Steve Eastburg, program executive officer for Air ASW, Assault & Special Mission programs. “The future of this platform is very, very bright.”
Marine Col. Greg Masiello, who heads the V-22 program, echoed that.
“I can tell you we’re talking to multiple international parties,” Masiello said.
There is also interest from the U.S. Army, whose “medical community is absolutely enamored with the capabilities of these aircraft,” he said.
Nor is the future of tilt-rotor technology really all that bleak. The U.S., which one of the partners, is fighting wars at the same time, is vesting in such technology, Masilleo said.
As for the Joint Multi-Role aircraft program that is coming up, both Eastburg and Masilleio expect it to feature tilt-rotors.