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tal items and systems fielded on other aviation platforms to rap- idly install, modify or provide the following: advanced Nose Mounted Sensor, improved cockpit control hardware and software for enhanced situational awareness, three full color Multi-function Displays, dual- redundant digital engine con- troller for enhanced engine safe- ty, digital inter-cockpit commu- nications, digital HELLFIRE future upgrades, Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) upgrades, and a redesigned air- craft wiring harness.

Additionally, the F model will fully integrate the capabilities of Level 2 Manned Unmanned Teaming, Common Missile Warning System (CMWS), Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS), and enhanced weapons functionality via 1760 digital interface.

U.S. Army Awards New "F" Designation For Bell Helicopter OH-58 Program

Bell Helicopter announced that the U.S. Army Aviation awarded a new designation for the highly successful OH-58 platform. "We are pleased and proud that the United States Army has awarded the OH 58 "F" desig- nation to our helicopter," said John L. Garrison, president and chief executive officer of Bell


Helicopter. "We appreciate the long tradition of cooperation and innovation between the U.S. army and Bell Helicopter." The F model Kiowa Warrior will provide leap-ahead technology and increased capability through the implementation of a Cockpit and Sensor Upgrade Program (CASUP). The program manager for Kiowa Warrior launched the program in accordance with the Defense Department guidance to spend near-term Armed ReconnaissanceHelicopter funds


to sustain the existing Kiowa Warrior fleet.

"The F model Kiowa Warrior is a significant investment into the OH-58D fleet," said COL Robert Grigsby, Army's Armed Scout Helicopter program man- ager. "This will ensure the Kiowa Warrior continues to be a com- bat multiplier on the Joint and combined battlefield across the full spectrum of military opera- tions."

The F Model Kiowa Warrior capitalizes on non-developmen-

The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior has the highest OPTEMPO (approximately 90 hours per month per aircraft flight utiliza- tion rate), highest readiness rates (in excess of 85% Full Mission Capable) in the U.S. Army com- bat fleet of aircraft, and is the most requested close air support aircraft in theater today. The Kiowa Warrior has surpassed 630,000 total combat flight hours.

Bell is also investing in the development of an OH-58D Block II fleet representative Demonstrator to facilitate proto- typing activities to benefit U.S. Army future requirements. This approach provides a cost efficient and affordable solution to the U.S. Army and delivers better value to the taxpayer. ◆

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