The Air Force’s second CV-22 Osprey has arrived at Edwards AFB, Calif., two months earlier than the contract due date. A third Osprey will join No. 2 and No. 1—now undergoing electromagnetic testing at NAS Patuxent River, Md.,—at Edwards in February. The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center unit at Edwards plans to use the first three Ospreys to conduct operational utility evaluations next summer. If the Ospreys check out OK, USAF officials said they would send them to Kirtland AFB, N.M., to begin training operations next fall. They expect the initial operational test and evaluation phase to commence in fall 2007.
The Pentagon awarded a contract worth over $2 billion for the next batch of F-35 engines to Pratt & Whitney on June 5. The deal for Lot 17 F135 engines, totaling $2.02 billion, is expected to be completed by December 2025.