The United States Army | STAND-TO! | OH-58D Wartime Replacement Aircraft Program

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.

via The United States Army | STAND-TO! | OH-58D Wartime Replacement Aircraft Program.

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).

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  1. The Sheriff’s Office in Washington County, Ohio got 4 OH-58A air frames so they could put together two airworthy frames. That was almost 20 years ago now.

    The Chief Deputy and one other was trained as a pilot. I was still at ODOT at the time and we were on break and watched the SO helo as they were chasing some perp. They hovered over an old folks home as they tried to chase the perp down. turned out the guy had gotten clean away before they even got their chopper there. he ran through the old folks home and into the woods on the opposite side. Our safety officer was personal friends with the Chief Deputy and rode him mercilessly as it turned out the Chief was at the controls of the chopper.

    I used to know what they paid for the Kiowas, but can’t remember now. I do remember it was a pretty good deal. They came from DM AFB as I recall too.

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