MV-22B Osprey Cost

How Much Does The MV-22B Osprey Cost?

The MV-22B Osprey made news today because of a “mishap” that occurred in Australia.

According to news reports, the MV-22B Osprey crashed after an attempted launch from the ship Bonhomme Richard, as part of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265.

How much does the MV-22B Osprey cost? Read on…

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MV-22B Osprey Program

The MV-22B Osprey  is part of a larger program called the V-22 Osprey, which is used all over the US military, and has been around since the 1980s.

The surprising characteristic about the V-22 Osprey is that it can take off and land vertically, so it doesn’t require a large takeoff/landing area.

The V-22 Osprey program began with the need to rescue hostages in Iran, and eventually developed in to production airplanes.

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The V-22B is the newer revision from the 1990s of the V-22.  The plane has been involved in several crashes to date, including two fatal crashes.

The cost of the V-22 Osprey program, which includes the MV-22B Osprey,  started off at around $2 billion in the 1980s, and quickly ballooned to around $30 billion.

The total cost of the program is likely to be around $60 billion.

MV-22B Osprey Cost

Each Osprey is extremely expensive to produce, and even more expensive to maintain.

Compared to an equivalent capacity helicopter, the MV-22B Osprey costs around double the price.

In total, the MV-22B Osprey cost is around $72 million per unit.

However, this does not include the lifetime cost of maintaining the MV-22B Osprey.   That can add up to another $50 million+.

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