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.
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Survivability and armour
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
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
The OH-58D (China) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
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Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- 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
- No extra protection
- Slower than PLAGF Aviation Corps counterparts
- Relatively low payload weight
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|Bell Aircraft Corporation|
|Fighters||P-39N-0 · P-39Q-5|
|P-63A-10 · P-63A-5 · P-63C-5 · ␠Kingcobra|
|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|
|Attack||AH-1F · AH-1G · AH-1Z|
|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|
|See Also||Fuji Heavy Industries · Agusta|
|Attack/Utility||Z-9W · Z-9WA · Z-10 · Z-11WA · Z-19 · Z-19E|
|Utility||SA.342L Gazelle (France)|