France completes testing of V-22 on Helicopter Landing Deck

France completes testing of V-22 on Helicopter Landing Deck

1-Oct-2015 Source: French Navy

On September 28, 2015, CEPA ( centre d’expérimentations pratiques et de réception de l’aéronautique navale – the Centre for Practical Experimentation and reception) held the closing conference regarding the interoperability between BPCs (bâtiment de projection et de commandement – protection and command vessel) and the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aboard the French Navy command ship Dixmude. This conference embodied the result of two years of investigation and tests.

In 2014, the first trials begin with the cooperation of US expeditionary groups (GSS – Expeditionary Strike Groups). A V22-Osprey makes first landing of tests on the flight deck of Dixmude in February of that year.  Then in July, during the “Joan of Arc” exercise, further landings including engine-off and refuelling exercises brought confirmation of interoperability with V22.

After approval made by the CEPA / 10S, the PCB will be given a new function: the welcome and support of operational missions of those aircraft specialize in transporting troops and supplies.

This capability opens the door to new interactions with US and Japanese navies, the latter having recently acquired V22. APEC will soon begin similar tests on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

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