The Wartime Replacement Aircraft (WRA) Program is an Army initiative to replace OH-58Ds that have been either destroyed or deemed uneconomically reparable and therefore must be attrited from the force. The Army is replacing wartime losses suffered by the OH-58D fleet by taking existing A model cabins and upgrading them to D model cabins and capabilities. This is done through an element of the WRA program called the A2D conversion program, which also allows the Integrated Materiel Management Center (IMMC) to meet their OPS29 requirements and have D cabins on the shelf and on hand to repair damaged OH-58D aircraft.
Wow. A model Kiowas were first bought in the 1960s. I think the last rolled off the line in either the late 70s or early 80s. Heck, the Kiowa D has been around since the late 80s. The airframes are getting a tad old.
I know as the A fleet was replaced, a lot of them were offered as surplus to various police departments and sherriff’s offices. I’m guessing most of the ones they’re going to refurb are coming from Davis-Monthan, the “boneyard” where the services retire aircraft to (for precisely this purpose, by the way).