This helocast insertion is one of the first ever conducted by a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft

Helocast insertion, Osprey style.

Filmed on Feb. 10, 2016 the following video shows Royal Thai, Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines helocasting from an MV-22B Osprey during Exercise Cobra Gold 16 in Thailand.

This clip is interesting because features one of the first helocast insertions ever performed by an Osprey.

Helocasting is a technique used by Special Operations Forces to quickly insert into the water in military area of operations where a parachute jump is not practical. Noteworthy during a helocast insertion Osprey’s pilot has to maintain an altitude of 10 feet above the water and moving no faster than 10 knots of airspeed.

Cobra Gold 16 is a multiservice exercise hosted annually by the Kingdom of Thailand and is designed to advance regional security by exercising a robust multinational force from nations sharing common goals and security commitments in the Asia-Pacific region.



  1. Looks like jumping to me. Trust the DoD to have to think up yet another meaningless word to describe this.

  2. Gah…all that salt water ingestion into engines….I’ll bet the maintenance crew will be having fun doing an engine wash tonight.

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