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V-22 Osprey photo Boeing

V-22 Osprey photo Boeing

 

December 8, 2014 Marcus Weisgerber - Defense One

 

The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey has been deployed globally since 2007 with only one major offensive weapon: a machine gun pointed out the back of the aircraft.

Besides that, the tiltrotor aircraft – which takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter, but can pivot its engines and rotors forward to fly long distances at a higher speed like a fixed-wing plane – has relied on its speed and agility to protect itself from ground fire. But that could change soon.

Bell-Boeing announced on Monday that it had successfully fired rockets from a V-22 test aircraft.

 

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