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Army buys 368 Helos

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posted on Aug, 2 2005 @ 03:07 AM
Bell won a contract to build the Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior replacment...the Bell ARH (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter).

To replace the aging Kiowa Warrior, the Army's spending 2.2 billion to buy 368 ARH's. Delivery will begin next year, until 2013.

Bell's ARH press release
The Bell ARH website

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter

Bell's ARH

Video of the ARH

article on the ARH contract

Indeed, there's nothing it can’t spot in any weather, day or night thanks to its FLIR system. Not only can it track its prey, it can also be proactive thanks to an array of weapons systems such as a 2,000rpm Gatling gun, 2.75 inch rockets, Hellfire missiles or as many as 38 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) tubes at one time.

With room for two pilots and three passengers, the ARH has room for the smartest weapons of all. Finally, it thrives in adverse conditions with its high ballistic tolerance, crashworthiness and the latest aircraft survivability equipment. Bell’s ARH is a militarized version of its highly successful 407 single engine light helicopter – sometimes known as the “sports car of the air.” Capable of being equipped with a wide variety of weapons, the Bell ARH will provide the Army with exceptional mission versatility and with the flexibility to accomplish armed reconnaissance, light attack, troop insertion, and special operations missions with a single aircraft.

At least this will be one helicopter deal that wont fall threw.
(RIP:Comanche, UCAR)

So, what do you think?

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