Boeing and Bell/Textron are approaching completion of their last CMV-22B Ospreys for the Navy. Unless Congress intervenes to buy more, the production line will shut down in 2025. There is good reason to believe the Navy has under-estimated how many of the aircraft it will eventually want or need. Its current requirement is based on a narrow definition of the mission that does not include activities such as medical evacuation and search and rescue for which Osprey is ideally suited. This really is the Navy’s last chance to get the number right before the possibility of further production disappears. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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