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Osprey to Fly in NATO Exercises

A U.S. Air Force commander assigned to NATO said the alliance plans to fly V-22 Ospreys in upcoming exercises, according to a Defense News report.

The Osprey involvement could lead to interest in the aircraft among European companies potentially hoping to acquire the aircraft through foreign military sales.

The U.S. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys based at RAF Mildenhall in England. It will be these Ospreys that will participate in upcoming multinational exercises across the alliance, Webb said.

The U.S. and Bell-Boeing have struggled to drum up interest in Europe for the Osprey. The U.S. has had more success in Japan.

Pentagon officials have pushed to wide the reach of the Osprey in hopes of cutting future costs.

“This capability is fairly new, it certainly is to Europe,” Webb said in the DN report. “I expect as we get that out and test it with our partners that there maybe some more interest down the road.”


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