posted on Aug, 29 2013 @ 09:09 PM
Bell Boeing and the Marines are going to test a roll-on/roll-off refueling kit for the MV-22 aircraft. Boeing will pay for the tests, using a Marine
aircraft. The system consists of a high speed drogue, hose and reel mechanism.
The current system that will be tested is a non-functional aerodynamic demonstrator made up of off the shelf parts. The Marines are interested in
using the system with the F-35. As a substitute they will use an F-18 in place of the F-35 for now.
If the system works the Marines are looking at flying a full squadron of 16 F-35s off an amphibious assault ship, with six MV-22s that can be fitted
with this system.
Boeing and the US Marine Corps are testing a new prototype roll-on/roll-off aerial refueling system for the Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey this week, a
senior USMC officer says.
The system which consists of a high-speed aerial refueling drogue, hose and reel mechanism is being tested on a VMX-22 aircraft, says Col Michael Orr,
the squadron's commander. However, the USMC is not paying for the tests itself, rather Boeing is paying for the demonstration, he says.
The system is currently a non-functional aerodynamic demonstrator, Orr says. However, the parts are off the shelf and Orr says he does not expect any
Orr says that the USMC is very interested in the system for use with the Lockheed Martin F-35B. Currently, because F-35B test assets are scarce, the
USMC is using a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet as a substitute, Orr says.