The MV-22 requires an attached escort platform capable of immediate close air support that can match its speed and range in all flight regimes—in other words, another V-22.
The MV-22 has been called revolutionary. General Terrence R. Dake, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, while serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation, said the MV-22 "is on the cutting edge of aviation technology" and represents "an important first step in modernizing Marine Corps aviation for the battlefields of the 21st century." 1 John W. Douglass, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition) called it "the highest priority for Marine Corps aviation." 2 No other aircraft with the ability to hover comes close to matching its capabilities. When compared to the Marine Corps' current medium- lift fleet, the MV-22 "provides twice the speed, four times the range, nearly three and one half times the survivability, . . . a dramatic increase in the combat power buildup rate." 3