Earlier, the Navy announced plans to purchase 44 of the aircraft for COD missions. US Navy Naval Air Systems Command stated that the beginning of modified jet production was slated for 2018, with first deliveries scheduled for 2020.
The CMV-22B is a high-speed jet/helicopter hybrid that can travel at airplane speeds and also hover to land and take off from a carrier deck.
It was earlier reported that the Navy version of the Osprey would be capable of speeds of up to 351 mph and will have an 1,150 nautical-nautical-mile range, 200 miles more than that of an ordinary V-22.
However, after local residents complained of the noise created by US military jets in the area, C-2s were arranged to be transferred to a US Marine Corps air base in Iwakuni, in the Yamaguchi prefecture. Subsequently, the CMV-22Bs will be deployed there as well.
Previous versions of Osprey, such as the Marine Corps MV-22, have been under fire for accidents that have killed 36 servicemen since 2007.
Conflicts in the South China and East China Seas continue to simmer between China and other regional powers, all of which make overlapping territorial claims. The diplomatic row and subsequent military buildup was fueled by a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague stating that Beijing has no historical eights in the South China Sea.