posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 12:01 PM
U.S. Army officials this week backed a plan to buy new armed scout helicopters instead of extending the life of the Army's aging fleet of OH-58
Kiowa Warrior helicopters, sources familiar with the Army's plans told Reuters on Friday.
Well, this will be the Army's third attempt at replacing the Vietnam era OH58 light helo a unit of the bell/textron frame.
If successful, it saddens me to see them go, having flown the upgraded 58's I found them quite predictable, reliable, and almost bullet proof in many
ways. (Nothing to the likes of the 407's I've had the pleasure mind you.)
A host of weapon maker's bidding for dibs on the new scout could bring a contract worth $6-8 Billion.
Oh this is going to be fun:
Boeing Co has said it plans to offer a version of its AH-6 Little Bird if the competition is launched, as an armed scout, while Sikorsky Aircraft,
a unit of United Technologies Corp and the North American unit of Europe's EADS, have each invested heavily to develop new, more capable helicopters
for a possible competition. Bell Helicopter; AgustaWestland, a unit of Italy's Finmeccanica SpA; MD Helicopters; and AVX Aircraft are also interested
in the program.
..Boeing Co has said it plans to offer a version of its AH-6 Little Bird if the competition is launched, as an armed scout,.
Reminds me of the Hughes 500, come guys lets lose that tail rotor already.
It may depend on whether U.S. lawmakers are able to avert an additional $500 billion in defense spending cuts over 10 years that are slated to
start taking effect on January 2., although confident that the program could be funded regardless.
If the new program survives the budget process, it would be the latest in a string of Army efforts to buy a new fleet of armed light helicopters that
began in 2004 after cancellation of the Comanche helicopter program.
What happened to the unmanned scout helicopter concept? Wouldn't that be cheaper and avoid obvious pilot deaths, or capture, which could lead to
Either way it should be fun to watch the demonstrations of what manufacturers will come up with.
the Army was not expected to announce a decision until next year.
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