Le Bourget, France International sales of the Bell-Boeing V-22 tiltrotor aircraft could approach 100 units, said Marine Corps Col. Gregory Masiello, joint V-22 program manager, during a briefing here on Monday on the first day of the 50th Paris Air Show. Already, the United States is discussing the sale of the V-22 to Israel, and there are “multiple” other nations with which US officials are talking, he told reporters. In addition to the V-22’s multi-mission appeal, the aircraft’s record of survivability and safety “is resonating” with international partners, he said. Plus, there is the V-22’s suitability to shuttling VIPs, a role, which “many folks are asking about,” he said. Already a V-22 has landed on a British warship and, just last week, on two different classes of Japanese warships, said Masiello. “I think there is interest in the V-22 for Japan in the future,” he noted. The United States and France have also cleared the V-22 to land on French warships, but this has not happened yet, he said. His briefing charts listed these nations as having expressed varying degrees of interest in the V-22: Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Colombia, France, India, Israel, Italy, Libya, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
May 23, 2022
The Department of the Air Force announced the retirements of several key leaders within the Air Force and Space Force on May 23, while also unveiling more than a dozen new assignments for current or future one-star generals.