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ARLINGTON, Va. — All of the grounded V-22 Osprey aircraft are expected to be back in service in about two weeks, according to James Darcy, a spokesman for the V-22 program.

Last week, Naval Air Systems Command grounded 46 Marine and eight Air Force Ospreys due to a faulty computer chip that would fail in cold weather.

Since then, officials have determined that 19 Ospreys do not have the faulty chip, and the aircraft were expected to begin flying again Tuesday, Darcy said in a Monday phone interview.

With the remaining aircraft, officials plan to make a modification to the flight computers that would allow them to fix the problem without having to replace the faulty chip, Darcy said.

The modifications are expected to begin later this week, followed by a testing and certification process before the V-22 aircraft can fly again, he said.

The recent glitch is not expected to delay plans to have the Corps’ Ospreys ready to deploy by this summer and the Air Force’s Ospreys ready in 2009, Darcy said Friday.


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