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OH-58C Kiowa
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Info
Nation Flag United States United States
Class Recon Helicopter
Variant(s) OH-58D Kiowa, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
Cost 50 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0
Icon WALB Strength 4
Size Very Small
Optics

Very Good

Speed 220 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Poor
Fuel Capacity 220 L
Icon WALB Autonomy 550 km
Icon WALB Year 1974
Icon WALB Type Airbrone, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support
Weapons
Gatling Gun M134 Minigun (7.62mm)

The Bell OH-58C Kiowa Scout and Fire support helicopter is a recon chopper used by the NATO forces. Bell Helicopter manufactured the OH-58 for the United States Army based on the 206A JetRanger helicopter. The OH-58 has been in continuous use by the U.S. Army since 1969.

Equipped with a more robust engine, the OH-58C was supposed to solve many issues and concerns regarding the Kiowa's power. In addition to the upgraded engine, the OH-58C had unique IR suppression systems mounted on its turbine exhaust. Early "C" models featured flat-panel windscreens as an attempt to reduce glint from the sun, which could give away the aircraft's location to an enemy. The windscreens had a negative effect of limiting the forward view of the crew, a previous strength of the original design.

HistoryEdit

OH-58

Bell developed the D-250 design into the Model 206 aircraft, redesignated as YOH-4A in 1962, and produced five prototype aircraft for the Army's test and evaluation phase. The first prototype flew on 8 December 1962. The YOH-4A also became known as the Ugly Duckling in comparison to the other contending aircraft. Following a flyoff of the Bell, Hughes and Fairchild-Hiller prototypes, the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse was selected in May 1965.

When the YOH-4A was rejected by the Army, Bell went about solving the problem of marketing the aircraft. In addition to the image problem, the helicopter lacked cargo space and only provided cramped quarters for the planned three passengers in the back. The solution was a fuselage redesigned to be more sleek and aesthetic, adding 16 cubic feet (0.45 m3) of cargo space in the process. The redesigned aircraft was designated as the Model 206A, and Bell President Edwin J. Ducayet named it the JetRanger denoting an evolution from the popular Model 47J Ranger.

In 1967, the Army reopened the LOH competition for bids because Hughes Tool Co. Aircraft Division could not meet the contractual production demands. Bell resubmitted for the program using the Bell 206A. Fairchild-Hiller failed to resubmit their bid with the YOH-5A, which they had successfully marketed as the FH-1100. In the end, Bell underbid Hughes to win the contract and the Bell 206A was designated as the OH-58A. Following the U.S. Army's naming convention for helicopters, the OH-58A was named Kiowa in honor of the Native American tribe.

WeaponsEdit

European Escalation Edit

Weapons M134Minigun
Type Gatling Gun No Weapon No Weapon
Name M134 Minigun
Caliber 7.62mm
Ammo x 4000
Range Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 4
Icon WRD Stabilizer N/A
AP Power 0
HE Power 1
Icon WALB Suppression N/A
Rate of fire 2499 r/min

Red Dragon Edit

Weapons WRD Icon M134 Minigun
Type Gatling Gun No Weapon No Weapon
Name M134 Minigun
Caliber 7.62mm
Ammo x 2000
Range Ground = 1050 m
Helicopters = 1050 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 20
Icon WRD Stabilizer 10
AP Power N/A
HE Power 1
Icon WALB Suppression 36
Rate of fire 1052 r/min

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