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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 11:39 pm    Post subject: ARH Competition Reply with quote

I see Bell won the competition with the military version of the 407, anyone have any comments about this platform and whether it was the right choice.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

very happy about this. It will use up to 70% of the parts that are on hand right now and will use off the shelf tec stuff to keep cost down. also It will use the new Gal 50 3 barel el gatling gun. I also like the sight in the nose for the eurban ops phase. it will also be good for law enforcement. I an a OH58 d guy now
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any chance of a pic of your chosen steed dragoon6?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PIX of my curent ACFT or the new KW
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The OH-58D... a favourite of mine - in its various guises

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 7:03 pm    Post subject: found this on KiowaPilots.com Reply with quote

Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., of Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded July 29, 2005, a $210,746,761 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the system development and demonstration of the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, including sub-system integration and testing as well as training-device development. The ARH will replace the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter (first fielded in 1985) and will be a dual crew station, single-pilot-operable aircraft capable of operating worldwide. Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, and is estimated to be completed on Sept. 30, 2008. There were 11 bids solicited on Dec. 8, 2004, and two bids were received. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity. Their public affairs office can be reached at (256) 955-9174. (W58RGZ-05-C-0234)

KiowaPilot.com is also a good websight It has a link to see the new ARH and it looks cool.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dragoon - Just uploaded a selection of images I received today from Bell of the ARH helo.

Have put them in the military section in the Heli Torque gallery.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think any Kiowa guys are complaining about the choice. The specs on the new sight are amazing and will allow us to take our reconnaissance and intel gathering abilities to the next level while simultaneously providing the capability to carry 38 of the new APKWS laser guided 2.75 in. rockets so we can kick even some ass while we're at it. Not to mention more power and cargo space, at least enough for a ruck. Win Win, now I just want to know when we'll be seeing them at Drum.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would agree. It is a win/win. Some will mourn the loss of the MMS, but the new systems employed in this new airframe should be a more than adequate replacement.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 6:09 am    Post subject: laser guided rockets Reply with quote

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I don't think any Kiowa guys are complaining about the choice. The specs on the new sight are amazing and will allow us to take our reconnaissance and intel gathering abilities to the next level while simultaneously providing the capability to carry 38 of the new APKWS laser guided 2.75 in. rockets so we can kick even some ass while we're at it. Not to mention more power and cargo space, at least enough for a ruck. Win Win, now I just want to know when we'll be seeing them at Drum.


Power, cargo space, and the new gun are great, but they can keep the laser-guided rockets. Just give me 38 cheap dumb rockets that I can shoot often enough to stay proficient. Good luck getting that laser on the target when you're reacting to groundfire.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the new rockets will still act as free flight rockets when lasing is not possible.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course they will. They'll just cost so much that we won't get to shoot many. I need the practice.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 2:37 pm    Post subject: Project insiders Reply with quote

For the short foreseeable future I have a few contacts that are writing the requirements and are in the initial feilding of the airframe with the Bell reps. Any questions you want me to ask that are not sensitive in nature?

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