- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The MV-22B Osprey and its hybrid tilt-rotor aircraft may soon get a significant firepower upgrade after a successful test-fire of short-range guided and unguided rockets mounted outside the aircraft’s cockpit window.

The Osprey’s main offensive has historically been a machine gun pointed out the back of the aircraft, but the successful forward-firing rocket tests may change that.

“Integrating a forward-firing capability to the Osprey will increase its mission set,” Vince Tobin, vice president and program manager for the Bell Boeing V-22, said in a statement, Defense One reported Monday.

Mr. Tobin added that the addition of short-range guided and unguided rockets will allow the Osprey to be launched more frequently and on shorter notice.

The aircraft’s technological advancement comes at an opportune time for the Marines, with the MV-22B Osprey phasing out CH-46E transport helicopters in 2015.

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