U.S. Navy Photo by Zack Shelby/Released.

An MV-22 Osprey on October 9th was towed to the pier on the Patuxent River opposite the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, where it was placed on a barge for a trip to Navy Support Facility Dahlgren October 9th.

The U.S. Army tug and barge arrived at NSF Dahlgren later that day and stayed overnight before being crane-lifted and towed.

The MV-22 Osprey aircraft was hoisted off the barge and placed in the parking lot at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on Oct. 10 at the yard craft area. Shortly after 10 a.m., the aircraft was towed from the yard craft area to Building 194, where the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division will conduct a six-month system trade study to identify overall architecture and requirements of a system derived from the battle management system suite of hardware and software on the V-22. The study will assess available sensors and weapons to be integrated into a battle management system based federated system.

According to the Joint Program Office, while this MV-22 was “primarily used for testing purposes, it is structurally representative of those V-22 aircraft in the operational fleet.”
The study is sponsored by the Naval Air Systems Command V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) and is expected to be completed next spring.

According to the Navy’s 2015 budget documents, the fly away cost of the MV-22 is $67.81 million; the airframe costs $61.49 million and the two AE1107C engines cost $4.50 million ($2.25 million each).