Bell Helicopter said Thursday it has delivered the first OH-58 “A2D” wartime replacement cabin for the OH-58 “Kiowa Warrior” helicopter to the Army. The cabin is being delivered 30 days ahead of the contract schedule.
The “A2D” conversion program is an Army initiative to replace war time losses suffered by the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. This conversion program takes an existing “A” model OH-58 and upgrades them to “D” model. The Cabin will now be shipped to Corpus Christi Army Depot tfor installation of avionics and dynamic components so it can be returned to the Army's active helicopter fleet.
The upgrade and rebuild process is an Army program to replace OH-58Ds lost in recent years due to ac cidents or combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.