The Bell OH-58 Kiowa is a family of single-engine, single-rotor, military helicopters used for observation, utility, and direct fire support. Bell Helicopter manufactured the OH-58 for the United States Army based on its Model 206A JetRanger helicopter. The OH-58 was in continuous U.S. Army service from 1969 to 2017, when it was replaced in this role by the Boeing AH-64 Apache.
The latest model, the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, is primarily operated in an armed reconnaissance role in support of ground troops. The OH-58 has been exported to Austria, Canada, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Greece. It has also been produced under license in Australia.
- Crew: 1 pilot, 2 pilots, or 1 pilot and 1 observer
- Length: 32 ft 2 in (9.80 m)
- Rotor diameter: 35 ft 4 in (10.77 m)
- Height: 9 ft 7 in (2.92 m)
- Empty weight: 1,583 lb (718 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 3,000 lb (1,360 kg)
- Fuselage length: 34 ft 4.5 in (10.478 m)
- Powerplant: 1 × Allison T63-A-700 turboshaft, 317 shp (236 kW)
- Maximum speed: 120 knots (222 km/h (138 mph))
- Cruise speed: 102 knots (188 km/h (117 mph))
- Range: 299 mi (481 km, 260 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,800 m)
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