The mission of VMX-22 is to provide operational test planning, execution, reporting, support, tactics development and technical expertise for assigned tiltrotor weapons systems, subsystems and related support devices. It operates under the oversight of the chief of naval operations via Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force.
In the mid-’80s, the Marine Corps identified the need to update current aviation combat capabilities. This led to the development of new technology and the MV-22 Osprey.
The Osprey continues to replace the aging fleet of CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters. The capabilities of this aircraft include twice the speed, three times the payload and the ability to fly six times farther than the CH-46E
helicopters it is replacing.