“Overall the Osprey is doing very well and has been deployed in various parts of the world, including the war zones, and has a very effective track record and is a very important part of our fleet,” Little said.
Little is asked about expanding opposition among regional municipalities in Japan to the arranged Osprey deployment resulting from the aircraft’s spotty safety record. Regarding this, Little stressed:
“We of course understand and respect Japanese public opinion and take it into account.”
Also, about current incidents involving the aircraft, Little said,
“We’ve been open with the Japanese about what we believe have contributed — the factors that have contributed to those incidents.”
Osprey`s Marine Corps version, the MV-22 aircraft, has been caught a few crashes and also a fatal one in Morocco in April as well. Additionally, other kind of MV-22 called the CV-22, also had an accident in June, under U.S. Air Force control.
An MV-22 Osprey aircraft made an emergency landing in North Carolina during a training flight, luckily no one injured.
The U.S. second time schedules deploying the MV-22 aircraft at Futenma Air Station of U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa in August after assigning it for safety checks and trial flights at the Marines’ Iwakuni Air Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture in July.