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OH-58D Kiowa Warrior  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1991
Total Production: 2,300
Also Known As: 406CS Combat Scout, Bell 206B-1 Kiowa, CH-139, COH-58A Kiowa, OH-58A, OH-58B, OH-58C and OH-58X
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Bell Helicopter
Parent System: OH-58 Kiowa
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): May 1968
Total Production: 3,704
Family Members: ARH-70A, Bell 407, Bell 407GT, Bell 407GXP, Bell 427 and OH-58F Kiowa Warrior
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Description: The OH-58 Kiowa is a combat scout and reconnaissance helicopter derived from Bell 406 commercial aircraft and intended for use by the US Army aviation units. Following the Army Helicopter Improvement Program (AHIP), Bell and the US Army developed the OH-58D Kiowa unarmed helicopter which features. Around 500 existing OH-58A/C models were planned to be retrofitted into OH-58D configuration, but this figure was finally slashed with less than 200 OH-58s upgraded to -D configuration. In the 1990s Bell Helicopter also developed a commercial utility helicopter variant based upon the OH-58 airframe, the Bell 407 and Bell 427 aircraft.

The first OH-58D test helicopter flew in 1983. It achieved initial operational capability two years later, in 1985, carrying its prominent mast mounted sight. Kiowa's mast mounted sight features Infrared (IR) and TV sensors to better perform observation and target designation missions in support of the US Army's AH-64 attack helicopters. The need of a lightweight helicopter capable of delivering weapons against small elusive targets such as gunboats in the late 1980s led to development of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armed helicopter.

The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter retains the mast mounted sight and the majority of features from D models, but introduces the capability of loading guns, unguided rockets and missiles. Kiowa Warrior can be armed either with four Stinger air-to-air missiles or four AGM-114C Hellfire anti-armor missiles. In addition, the helicopter also accepts small caliber guns ranging from 7.62mm machine guns to .50 caliber (12.5mm) cannons as well as 70mm rocket launcher pods.

Infrared jammers, structural improvements, radar warning receiver, uprated transmission, laser warners, and other improvements have been provided to Kiowa Warrior for enhanced survivability. Typically, the Kiowa/Kiowa Warrior helicopter accommodates a crew of two men; pilot and observer. Additionally, the aircraft can accommodate three passengers, infantrymen, in the rear compartment. The United States Army has procured around 500 Kiowa Warriors since 1991 through upgrading of previous models, specially A and D.

The 406CS Combat Scout is a downgraded version of Kiowa Warrior for export customers replacing the original mast mounted sight by Saab's Helitow sight provided and having downgraded avionics. 406CS helicopters have been sold to Saudi Arabia. Taiwan purchased OH-58Ds in the 1990s but it remains uncertain whether those aircraft were Kiowa Warriors or early -D models. OH-58X was planned as a very upgraded model, but apparently, this project was discontinued.

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Applications


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OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 1
Troops: 3
Dimensions
Height: 3.93 meter (12.9 foot)
Length: 12.9 meter (42 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 12.5 millimeter
Main Rotor Diameter: 10.7 meter (35.0 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 4,500 meter (14,764 foot)
Max Range: 400 kilometer (216 nautical mile)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 650 shp
Speed
Cruise Speed: 211 kph (114 KTAS)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 237 kph (128 KTAS)
Time
Flight Endurance: 2.50 hour
Weight
Empty Weight: 1,500 kilogram (3,307 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,500 kilogram (5,511 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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OH-58D Kiowa Warrior News

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016FMS: Tunisia Requests OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Aircraft Equipment and Support
Tuesday, July 29, 2014FMS: Iraq Requests Helicopter Sustainment Support
Monday, April 2, 2012Bell Helicopter Receives New US Army OH-58D Contract
Tuesday, November 1, 2011Bell Helicopter and CCAD Deliver First A2D Kiowa Warrior to the United States Army
Tuesday, October 11, 2011US Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Proves Manned and Unmanned Capability
Thursday, August 18, 2011Boeing to Provide Simulator-based Training for Australian Army Kiowa Pilots
Monday, April 18, 2011OH-58 Block II Successfully Completes First Flight
Thursday, October 28, 2010US Army Announces Conversion of OH-58A Helicopters to D Configuration
Tuesday, October 26, 2010US Army Awards New F Designation for Bell Helicopter OH-58 Program
Friday, April 9, 2010APKWS Guided Rocket Ready for Production and Deployment

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Australia57
Operates OH-58/Bell 206B-1 Kiowas
YearHoldings
20130
Austria12
Operates OH-58B
Canada72
Operates COH-58A/CH-139
YearHoldings
201227
Saudi Arabia?
Operates the 406CS Combat Scout helicopter
Taiwan?
Operates OH-58D helicopter
United States of America2,200
The US Army received approx. 2,200 OH-58s and currently only operates the OH-58D helicopter model
YearHoldings
2014368

Grand Total 2,3417
Defensive Weapons
AGM-114C Hellfirex4
FIM-92 Stingerx4
Propulsion Systems
Model 250-C30R/T703x1
Protection Systems
AN/ALQ-144A
AN/APR-39
AN/AVR-2A(V)
Sensor Systems
AN/APX-100
AN/ARC-164
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