Boeing Rotorcraft Systems
|Used By||Third Echelon|
|Appearances||SC - PT - DA|
The V-22 Osprey, commonly referred to as the 'Osprey', is a U.S. military VTOL/STOL aircraft used by Third Echelon in the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series. It was used as a way for quick transportation from one area to another without the use of a traditional airplane. The Osprey houses Sam Fisher's gear and computers for field runners to use for a three-way communication between Third Echelon, the field runner, and Fisher.
The Osprey was manufactured by both Bell Helicopter and Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. It's first flight was in 1989 and took sixteen years for it to actually go into service by the military. Unlike other helicopters which use the traditional large rotor and a rear small rotor for stabilization, the Osprey uses two large rotors than can be used for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL). Third Echelon used it to covertly transport Splinter Cells into combat zones.
During the Crisis with Georgia in 2004, Vernon Wilkes, Jr. was the only known operative to have died aboard an Osprey.
During the Crisis with Indonesia in 2006, the Osprey was used for infiltration and extraction during a mission on a train traveling to Nice into finding out who Norman Soth was. It was also used during Fisher's infiltration and subsequent escape from the Darah Dan Doa's camp in Kundang.
During the Cyber Attacks and Crisis in East Asia in 2007, Fisher began employing a SH-60 Seahawk to insert him in combat zones, making very infrequent use of the Osprey.
In Version 1 of Double Agent, prior to the JBA Crisis, the Osprey was used to insert Splinter Cells Sam Fisher and rookie John Hodge into Iceland during an operation to investigate activity at a geothermal plant. In both versions of Double Agent, the Osprey was used for emergency extraction from Iceland. Irving Lambert was aboard to inform Fisher of the sudden death of his beloved daughter Sarah.