US Navy selects Osprey for COD

HV-22 looks set to replace C-2 Greyhound

The US Navy looks set to procure V-22 Osprey tiltrotors to replace its C-2A Greyhound carrier on board delivery (COD) aircraft. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Chief of Naval Operations ADM Jonathan Greenert, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen Joseph Dunford have signed a memo for the acquisition.

The Ospreys will be modified to HV-22 configuration for the COD mission.

RAF Mildenhall to close

USAFE assets to move to Germany

The USAF has announced that RAF Mildenhall is to close by the end of this decade. USAFE KC-135R tankers will move to bases in Germany, as will the Special Operations Group’s CV-22s and MC-130Js. RAF Lakenheath has been announced as the first USAFE F-35A base, and it will house two squadrons from 2020. It is now clear what the timescale is for the relocation of F-15C and F-15Es back to the USA.