Gary's Combat Aircraft Reference Guide

FM 1-114:  OH-58D


Country of Origin: USA.
Similar Aircraft: Hirundo A109, Lynx, OH-58 Kiowa, UH-1 Iroquois, UH-1N Model 212.
Crew: Two.
Role: Attack. Scout.
Armament: Missiles, rockets, machine guns.
Dimensions: Length: 40 ft (12.2 m). Rotor diameter: 35 ft (10.7 m).


The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is a single-engine, single-rotor, four-bladed armed reconnaissance helicopter. The crew consists of two rated aviators. The pilot occupies the right seat while the CPO (copilot-observer) occupies the left seat to operate the systems. It can be armed with a wide assortment of weapons and thus can be configured for a variety of threat situations.

The MMS (mast-mounted sight) is used only for targeting, not for flying the aircraft. The MMS sensors are approximately 6 feet above the pilot's eyes. This allows the crew to view an area while keeping the aircraft masked. The MMS houses the TIS (thermal imaging sensor), TVS (television sensor), LRF/D (laser range finder/designator), and optical boresight assembly. Camouflage, ambient weather, age and/or condition of sensors, and the type of terrain are major factors that affect MMS range capabilities.


Wings: Four-blade main rotor on top of aircraft midsection.

Engine(s): One engine on top rear of midsection in a hump-like fairing.

Fuselage: Oval body, pointed nose, and tapered rear section to a mid-mounted tail boom.

Tail: Mid-mounted, rectangular flats. Swept-back and tapered fin that is boomerang-shaped. Rotor on the left.



More OH-58D Art

FM 1-112:  OH-58D Dimensions
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FM 1-114:  OH-58D