Tamiya made 1/48 V-22 Osprey w/JP Japan Deployment Markings (25163) Propeller Aircrafts Military Series assembly kit
- Tamiya Italeri 1:48 Scale Model Plane Collection (Limited Edition) V-22
Osprey w/Japan Deployment Markings
- Length: 289mm
About the Osprey
The V-22 Osprey is the world&8217;s first operational tilt-rotor transport
aircraft, capable of vertical takeoff and landing like a helicopter and relatively
fast forward flight like a prop plane. Variants of the V-22 include the marines&8217;
MV-22, the navy&8217;s HV-22 and the air force&8217;s CV-22.
Why are Ospreys being deployed to Futenma
The U.S. Marine Corps is in the process of replacing its CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters,
which are to be retired in 2014. Currently, about 140 Ospreys have been deployed
to Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina and at Miramar Air Station
The fast-deployment Osprey will play a major strategic role in connection with
the force deployment changes planned for the U.S. military presence in Asia.
The changes include deploying marines to Darwin, in northern Australia, and
The Osprey are expected to be an indispensable part of the marines&8217; transport
equipment, because the project to develop a next-generation amphibious vehicle
has been canceled and one to create a vertical takeoff and landing-capable marine
version of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter has been delayed.
What can the Osprey do
For the U.S. military, the Osprey is a dream aircraft that provides greater
flexibility and capabilities, including flying at higher speeds and offering
greater range than the CH-46.
Ospreys have been involved in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and
in disaster relief in Haiti.
The standard V-22 has a maximum cruising speed of 275 knots (520 kph), twice
that of the CH-46, and with its in-flight refueling capabilities, the aircraft
can be launched from carriers out at sea, well beyond the threat of coastal
The Osprey&8217;s operational area is also quadruple that of the CH-46, which
has a combat radius of 140 km, barely covering the Okinawan islands.
The Osprey&8217;s combat radius can be extended by as much as eight times
farther with aerial refueling, thus any based in Okinawa can reach Osaka, Seoul,
Shanghai and the northern Philippines.
In the Middle East, the Osprey&8217;s combat area could cover an area the
size of Iraq, Syria and part of Saudi Arabia and Iran if flown from the al-Asad
Air Base in western Iraq&8217;s Anbar Province, whereas the CH-46 can basically
only operate over an area the size of Iraq.
&8220;If a crisis were to erupt in North Korea, the Osprey would be quicker
to respond,&8221; said Narushige Michishita, associate professor at the National
Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Minato Ward, Tokyo.