Amid renewed controversy over the performance and handling characteristics of the V-22 Osprey, U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is working to upgrade the tiltrotor’s capabilities. Software to be released to the fleet this summer will increase the maximum level flight airspeed of the V-22 from 250 knots to 270 knots, according to Maj. Scott Trail, V-22 department head at NAVAIR’s Air Test and Evaluation Office at Patuxent River, Md. “That will further increase the speed, capability ...

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