As the Navy’s carrier on-board delivery aircraft approaches the end of its service life, should the Navy update the Greyhound or replace it with the Osprey?
It is old, and it is ugly. However, Northrop Grumman’s C-2 Greyhound continues to complete its mission as the carrier on-board delivery (COD) aircraft for the U.S. Navy safely and successfully. Despite its age, there has been no other platform that is able to effectively provide logistical support onboard aircraft carriers. With technological advancements and changing 21st century Navy Fleet operations, the Greyhound’s age classifies the aircraft to be outdated. It has been an ongoing debate at the Pentagon on whether Bell-Boeing’s V-22 Osprey should assume the role of 21st-century COD platform, replacing the C-2 Greyhound—a decision with many pros and cons for each aircraft and trade-offs to consider. Northrop Grumman and Bell have both argued that their aircraft provides optimal cost effectiveness, maintainability, flexibility, and other important COD requirements of the Navy.