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OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
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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
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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.
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OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Specifications
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 1
Height: 3.93 meter
Length: 12.9 meter
Main Gun Caliber: 12.5 millimeter
Main Rotor Diameter: 10.7 meter
Ceiling: 4,500 meter (14,764 foot)
Max Range: 400 kilometer
Max Power at TakeOff: 650 shp
Cruise Speed: 211 kph (114 knot)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 237 kph (128 knot)
Flight Endurance: 2.50 hour
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,500 kilogram (5,511 pound)
Min Weight: 1,500 kilogram
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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OH-58D Kiowa Warrior News
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29 Jul 2005 and 4 May 2016
Wednesday, May 4, 2016FMS: Tunisia Requests OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Aircraft Equipment and SupportTuesday, July 29, 2014FMS: Iraq Requests Helicopter Sustainment SupportMonday, April 2, 2012Bell Helicopter Receives New US Army OH-58D ContractTuesday, November 1, 2011Bell Helicopter and CCAD Deliver First A2D Kiowa Warrior to the United States ArmyTuesday, October 11, 2011US Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Proves Manned and Unmanned CapabilityThursday, August 18, 2011Boeing to Provide Simulator-based Training for Australian Army Kiowa PilotsMonday, April 18, 2011OH-58 Block II Successfully Completes First FlightThursday, October 28, 2010US Army Announces Conversion of OH-58A Helicopters to D ConfigurationTuesday, October 26, 2010US Army Awards New F Designation for Bell Helicopter OH-58 ProgramFriday, April 9, 2010APKWS Guided Rocket Ready for Production and Deployment
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