The U.S. Army, under mounting pressure to generate budget savings, says it will defer work on a broad new multi-role helicopter until around 2030, but still expects to upgrade or replace its workhorse OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters in coming years.
Army Major General Tim Crosby, the Army’s top helicopter buyer, wants to stage a demonstration next April of armed light helicopters that are already available from the industry that could be used to replace the aging Kiowa Warrior.
Evolution versus revolution.
Still, it’s amazing that one of the leading contenders, the AH-6, is based on a 50 year old airframe.
And the fact that the Army couldn’t get the ARH-70 program under control (which was based on another 50 year old airframe!) is pretty depressing.
Yes, I know, the trouble with ARH-70 wasn’t the airframe, but the integration of the electronics. But still… it’s not that complex an aircraft.