Bell Helicopter has flown its demonstrator for the OH-58 Block II, which the company is proposing to meet the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) requirement to replace the Kiowa Warrior. Flown for the first time on April 14 from Bell’s Xworx research and development facility in Fort Worth, the Block II is re-engined with Honeywell’s 1,000-shp-class HTS900 turboshaft to improve the OH-58’s hot-and-high performance, and meet the Army’s requirement to hover out of ground effect at 6,000 ...

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