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AUSA 2012: US Army takes delivery of first OH-58F

24th October 2012 - 19:53 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Washington, DC


The US Army has taken delivery of the first of two prototype OH-58F Kiowa Warriors as part of that aircraft's Cockpit and Sensor Upgrade Program (CASUP).

The handover, on 24 October at Meridianville, Alabama, concludes the aircraft's build phase. Now the 1968-vintage aircraft will be fitted out with flight test instrumentation in readiness for the first flight, expected to take place in April 2013.

Speaking during phone conference at the AUSA convention in Washington DC, Lt Col Matt Hannah, OH-58F project manager, said the programme deals with obsolescence issues bought about because progressive programmes to replace the aircraft with the

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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