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OH-58 Kiowa Warrior

The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is a two-seat, single-engine, observation and scout/attack helicopter used by the United States Army. It can perform various missions, such as reconnaissance, scouting, observation, designating target coordinated for field artillery. If required, the OH-58D can independently support ground forces with its firepower. It can operate at day, night, or in adverse weather conditions with poor visibility. The Kiowa is rapidly deployable by air and can be fully operational within minutes of arrival.

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Copyright © Capt. Drew Cochran, U.S. Army

Status

In active service

Weapon systems

2 x Under-wing pylon station
M3P .50 Caliber Machine Gun (500 rounds each)
- OR -
LAU-68D/A 7-tube Rocket Pod
» Hydra 70 Folding-Fin Aerial Rocket
- OR -
Hellfire Missile Pod (2 missiles each)
» AGM-114 Hellfire

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 12.85 meters 42.17 feet
Rotor diameter: 10.67 meters 35 feet
Height: 3.94 meters 12.92 feet
Weight
Empty weight: ~1 737 kilograms 3 829 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: ~2 495 kilograms 5 500 pounds
Features
Power plant: one Rolls-Royce T703-AD-700A turboshaft engine
Performance: 650 shaft horsepower
Cruise speed: 110 knots (~204 kilometers per hour) (~127 miles per hour)
Maximum speed: 129 knots (~239 kilometers per hour) (~148 miles per hour)
Service ceiling: 4 572 meters 15 000 feet
Range: 300 nautical miles (~556 kilometers) (~345 miles)

OH-58F Kiowa Warrior

Status

Under development