OH-58D (China)

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This page is about the attack helicopter OH-58D (China). For the other version, see OH-58D.
␗OH-58D
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␗OH-58D
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Description

The ␗OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, known as OH-58D戰搜直升機 (lit: combat reconnaissance helicopter) represents the 39 helicopters purchased and used by the ROCA Aviation and Special Force Command (陸軍航空特戰指揮部). The OH-58 Kiowa originally started as the Light Observation Helicopter (LOH) program to upgrade US Army observation helicopters which Bell Helicopters won the contract for in 1981; this project eventually developed into the Army Helicopter Improvement Program (AHIP) and the new OH-58D joined US Army in 1985. The ROCA then purchased 39 helicopters in 1992 (26 purchased alongside the fleet of AH-1W) and 1999 (13 helicopters), and deployed them at the only two helicopter companies in the ROCA and Army Aviation Training Command. Although 2 helicopters have crashed during its service since 1992 (2000 and 2020), the ROCA will still likely use OH-58D for the time being thanks to sufficient spare parts for up to 12 years bought from US.

Introduced in Update "Sons of Attila" and marking the arrival of ROCA helicopters, the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior performs identically with its US cousin. Not only does it have a mast-mounted camera to make good use of terrain or tree tops to conceal itself, the four AGM-114K or AIM-92 will make sure enemy vehicles will have to think twice before hunting the OH-58D down.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m231 km/h
Max altitude4 575 m
EngineAllison 250-C30R
Power650 hp
Take-off weight2 t

The OH-58D is a reasonably nimble machine, fully researched it will be able to fly at a reasonable straight-line speed of up to 220 km/h in neutral flight and climb up to 7 m/s. While this is completely sufficient for use without notable shortcomings, it pales in comparison to the opposition at its BR, both within its own tech tree and outside. Though in turn this means when freshly bought, players may find its performance lacking.

One point of note is the Kiowa Warrior's ability fly evasive or performative manoeuvres. While it can make some impressive turns and even fly upside down, its flight model fails to compare against what players might have become used to on the first Z-9 model or any of its successors. All in all the OH-58D is a very average machine in terms of flight performance, by no means bad, but also nothing outstanding.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock 215 203 4575
Upgraded ___ ___

Survivability and armour

IRCM
Protects against IR-guided missiles
Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear320 km/h

Due to its nature of being an observation helicopter, there are very little need for extra protection other than the flak jacket for the pilots; this also means flying into the main combat area equals to kamikaze and should only be considered in dire situation.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB9 168 → 14 164 Sl icon.png
RB4 188 → 6 470 Sl icon.png
SB5 445 → 8 412 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications293 000 Rp icon.png
431 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 600 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 000 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces950 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 250 / 350 % Sl icon.png
220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Flares/Chaff
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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IRCM
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
47 000 Sl icon.png
660 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
47 000 Sl icon.png
660 Ge icon.png
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Gun pod GP-19
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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GAU_19_belt_pack
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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APKWS II
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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GAU_19_new_gun
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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AGM-114
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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AIM-92 Stinger
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
47 000 Sl icon.png
660 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Offensive armament

The OH-58D (China) is armed with:

  • A choice between three presets:
    • 36 x countermeasures
    • 36 x countermeasures + Flak jackets
    • 36 x countermeasures + Flak jackets + IRCM

Suspended armament

The OH-58D (China) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

Default weapon presets
  • 1 x 12.7 mm GAU-19 machine gun (550 rpg)
  • 4 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 2 x AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles
  • 4 x AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles
  • 14 x APKWS II (M151) missiles
  • 14 x APKWS II (M282) missiles
  • 14 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Small profile and agile, good for switching locations to hit enemies
  • Mast mount cameras for minimal visibility to enemies
  • Access to AIM-92 for self-defense against aircraft
  • Powerful AGM-114K with good range
  • Laser-guided rockets for precise hit on enemies

Cons:

  • No extra protection
  • Slower than PLAGF Aviation Corps counterparts
  • Relatively low payload weight

History

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Media

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Videos

See also

Related development

External links


Bell Aircraft Corporation
Aircraft 
Fighters  P-39N-0 · P-39Q-5
  P-400
  P-63A-10 · P-63A-5 · P-63C-5 · ␠Kingcobra
Jet Fighters  P-59A
Export  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15 · ▄P-39Q-25
  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5 · ▄P-63C-5
Helicopters 
Attack  AH-1F · AH-1G · AH-1Z · AH-1W
  OH-58D
Utility  UH-1B · UH-1C · UH-1C XM-30
Export/Licensed  ▅UH-1B · ◄UH-1D
  Tzefa A · Tzefa B · Tzefa D/E · ▅AH-1S early · ▅AH-1S · ▅AH-1S Kisarazu · ␗AH-1W
  ␗OH-58D
See Also  Fuji Heavy Industries · Agusta

China helicopters
Attack/Utility  Z-9W · Z-9WA · Z-10 · Z-11WA · Z-19 · Z-19E
  ␗OH-58D (USA)
Attack  ␗AH-1W (USA)
Utility  SA.342L Gazelle (France)