The Navy is implementing a warfighting concept called Distributed Maritime Operations that disperses its warships over vast areas in order to optimize their offensive and defensive options. That will required it to change how it provides logistical support to the fleet at sea. The CMV-22B Osprey being developed to replace aging Greyhound “carrier onboard delivery” aircraft is well-suited to this task. Unlike Greyhound, it can land on vessels other than aircraft carriers, and it has far greater reach and speed than conventional helicopters. This is just the latest proof that tilt-rotor technology is one of the most important warfighting advances of the last 30 years. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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