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http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.ph ... ew&id=3956
The French Navy (Marine Nationale) announced that it took another step in the interoperability between the V-22 Osprey and the Mistral-class LHD Dixmude on May 2nd 2016. While V-22s have been tested with the Mistral-class several times to date (they were even officially qualified with the Mistral-class last year) it is the first time that the Bell-Boeing tilt-rotor aircraft was qualified for "blades and wings folding and long time parking" aboard the French Navy LHD.
According to the French Navy: "all these capabilities will enable to achieve operational interoperability to transport troops or logistical supply, similar to the C2 Greyhound on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle".
Similar qualifications are expected to take place on board aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.
I am convinced the French Navy really wants the bird... but can't afford it.
Brings back some bad memories.
Had the opportunity to work with another division of Boeing which was perfectly willing to devise ways to consume all research and development funds to demonstrate it can address what a customer says it wants, but had difficulty designing for production in a manner that made the end result affordable.
Research and development funding is inherently risky, and because it is so, has less empirical constraints placed on it to measure a meaningful cost to value ratio benefit by its expenditure (sometimes you have to take a chance on experimenting with something only to find out it doesn't lead to an effective design within available production cost constraints).
Boeing had a way of making even the most improbable appear possible until the last nickel of R&D funding has been consumed.
Given the issues on Osprey with control during transition from take off to flight, and particularly landing, I can only imagine what changing the design and balance to account for folding wings and rotors does to the vortex ring state which almost killed the project in first decade of 2000.