Bell has received a U.S. Army contract for nonrecurring engineering on a “new-metal” cabin for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, with the first new-production cabin to be delivered late in 2014. Although the new cabin is planned only for wartime-replacement aircraft converted from OH-58As, restarting airframe production is a key element in Bell’s strategy to meet the Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) requirement to replace the OH-58D. The manufacturer has not produced new airframes since the ...

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