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The U.S. Marines Corps has gotten its first battle worn MV-22 Osprey out of the Boeing-run shop that is overhauling, upgrading and standardizing the tiltrotors.
During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Osprey was in high demand and came rolling off the Bell-Boeing production lines in dozens of configurations, leading to difficulties maintaining the disparate versions of the same aircraft.
Enter the Common Configuration-Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM) program, designed to consolidate the fleet from more than 77 configurations into fewer than 17 variants. Bell-Boeing is reducing the number of configurations by upgrading block “B” aircraft to the current block “C” configuration.
“Our first CC-RAM aircraft returning to Marine Corps Air Station New River was a key program benchmark,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col Matthew Kelly, program manager of the V-22 Joint Program Office, in a press release. “We are excited to see the capability, commonality and readiness improvements these CC-RAM aircraft bring to the fleet as part of the Marine Corps’ V-22 readiness program.”
As a block “B” configuration, this MV-22 was originally delivered to the Marine Corps in 2005. In 2018, the aircraft flew from Marine Corps Air Station New River to the Boeing Philadelphia facility for modernization.
Of 129 MV-22 Block B aircraft — built between five and 15 years ago — at least four have been inducted into CCRAM and will be brought up to a 2019 configuration through system replacements and overhaul at Boeing’s manufacturing facility outside Philadelphia. The work includes about 60 engineering change proposals to improve both reliability and capability.