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V-22 Flaws Called 'Lethal'
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | January 20, 2007
Hoping to re-energize congressional opposition to the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, critics of the controversial tilt-rotor aircraft released a study Thursday warning that the aircraft is plagued by inherent design flaws and will endanger U.S. lives when it goes into combat this year.
The study, commissioned by the Center for Defense Information, a Washington think tank, calls for Congress to scrap the V-22 and replace it with a lower-costing helicopter capable of performing similar missions, although it would be slower.
Co-manufactured by Bell Helicopter Textron of Fort Worth and Boeing Helicopters of Ridley Park, Pa., the Osprey was near cancellation early in the decade after four crashes killed 30. Two crashes occurred in 2000, resulting in 23 deaths.
It now has strong support in Congress as Marines move toward sending the first V-22 squadrons into combat -- possibly Iraq or Afghanistan -- by the summer.
Originally posted by ShatteredSkies
The V-22 and CV-22 platforms at this point are way too developed to simply scrap now. Don't let it turn into another Commanche.
The V-22 transition errors can simply be overcome by FBW and protocols.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
If the military wants it, who cares what civilians and politicians say?
Originally posted by cyberdude78
The way most democracies work is that civies control the military...
Originally posted by tomcat ha
this is the future. Im sure of it.