Pentagon decides not to cancel V-22 Osprey

The Pentagon's new chief weapons buyer has decided not to cancel the troubled V-22 Osprey aircraft program, but has taken acquisition authority for the program away from the Navy, the Associated Press reported.

After a fatal crash last December--the second for the Osprey in less than a year--the Navy grounded the fleet and put off a decision on whether to begin full-scale production.

The decision to go ahead with the Osprey program was made last week by Pete Aldridge Jr., who was sworn in as undersecretary of defense for acquisition earlier this month.

The decision, which was not publicly announced, was first reported in today's edition of Inside the Navy.

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