Wednesday, March 19, 2008

oh sweet! It's A POS After All--The V-22 Gold Brick Osprey Needs Engine Overhaul

WASHINGTON -- The Rolls-Royce engines that power the Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey are wearing out faster than expected, raising the possibility that the Marine Corps may have to look for another supplier, the head of the Marines' V-22 program said Tuesday. Marine Col. M. D. Mulhern told reporters that, although the dual engines in the tilt-rotor aircraft perform well, they are not lasting as long as the Marine Corps expected under a 1998 agreement with Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce Allison Rolls-Royce T406 (AE 1107C-Liberty) turboshafts, 6,150 hp (4,590 kW) each.