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The OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter has the primary missions of reconnaissance, surveillance, and intelligence gathering. The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior has the additional mission capability of target acquisition and laser designation. It can operate during the day or night and in limited adverse weather. To carry out an operation named Prime Chance, some OH-58Ds were been retrofitted to carry air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons.
- Length: 42.2 ft (12.9 m) with rotors
- Width: 7.9 ft (2.4 m)
- Height: 12.9 ft (3.9 m)
- Weight: 2.3 tons (2.1 tonnes) unarmed, 2.8 tons (2.54 tonnes)under Prime Chance
- Speed: 149 mile/h (239 km/h)
- Range: 288 miles (462 km)
- Crew: 2
Armament under Prime Chance
various combinations of:
Following the U.S. military's naming convention for helicopters, the Kiowa is named after a native American tribe.
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