The tiltrotor design allows the V-22 Osprey to take off and land like a helicopter. Once airborne, the Osprey's rotors tilt to turn the aircraft into a turboprop airplane for higher speed and higher altitude flights. This transformability, in effect, gives the Osprey much higher top speed than a helicopter as well as a much longer range.
The Osprey is designed for multiple types of missions, including amphibious assault, support, special ops, transport, search and rescue, and medevac. It is capable of transporting 24 troops or 20,000 pounds (internal) or 15,000 pounds (external via dual hook) of cargo.
Due to the Osprey's ability to minimize its own footprint by folding its rotors and wings for storage, it can be stored aboard a naval assault ship or aircraft carrier more easily than some conventional aircraft.
The V-22 Osprey is also capable of carrying a single M1161 Growler, an Internally Transportable-Light Strike Vehicle (ITV-LSV) designed specifically to be transported by the Osprey.
- Propulsion: 2 x Rolls-Royce AE1107C engines
- Length: 17.48m / 19.2m
- Width: 25.78m / 5.61m
- Height: 6.73m / 5.46m
- Rotor Diameter: 11.6m
- Max Speed: 275 knots (443km/h)
- Capacity: 24 troops, 15,000 - 20,000 lbs cargo, or 1 x Growler ITV-LSV
- Armament: 1 x removable M240 or M2 Browing machine gun