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  •  Get rid of the Osprey? Really? (0+ / 0-)

    Where I work, I see those things fly past from the local military base practically every other day.  For outdated equipment, they sure seem get a lot of use.

    The road to Hell is paved with pragmatism.

    by TheOrchid on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 09:23:47 AM PST

    •  Expensive, costly to maintain (4+ / 0-)
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      pdx kirk, kyril, TheLawnRanger, redlum jak

      The Osprey has been a very expensive system:

      The V-22's development process has been long and controversial, partly due to its large cost increases.[49] The V-22's development budget was first planned for $2.5 billion in 1986, then increased to a projected $30 billion in 1988.[31] As of 2008, $27 billion had been spent on the Osprey program and another $27.2 billion will be required to complete planned production numbers by the end of the program.[24]
      Its [The V-22's] production costs are considerably greater than for helicopters with equivalent capability—specifically, about twice as great as for the CH-53E, which has a greater payload and an ability to carry heavy equipment the V-22 cannot... an Osprey unit would cost around $60 million to produce, and $35 million for the helicopter equivalent.
      —Michael E. O'Hanlon, 2002.[50]...
      ...Between 2008 and 2011, the estimated lifetime cost for maintaining the V-22 fleet grew by 61 percent, mostly from increased maintenance and support costs.[73]
      There also appear to be on-going safety concerns.

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