Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Army Receives 1st OH-58 A2D Cabin
Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell Helicopter has delivered the initial OH-58 “A2D” wartime replacement cabin to the U.S. Army. During a conference call on June 30 with reporters, Army and Bell officials provided an update on the progress of the program, which converts existing OH-58A models with a 3,500-lb max gross weight to a D model, with a max gross weight of 5,500 lbs. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Matthew Hannah, incoming Kiowa Warrior product manager, noted that the cabin “will be the foundation” for producing the wartime replacement aircraft. The cabin will be shipped to Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD) for re-installation of the avionics and other dynamic components. Bell performed the first cabin conversion at its Xworx rapid prototyping facility in Arlington, Texas. The remaining 18 conversions under the existing $76.2-million contract will take place at Bell’s military assembly center in Amarillo.