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OH-55 Kiowa

The OH-55 Kiowa scout helicopter has the primary missions of reconnaissance, surveillance, and intelligence gathering. The OH-55D Kiowa Warrior has the additional mission capability of target acquisition and laser designation. It can operate during the day or night and in adverse weather. Under a program designated Prime Chance, some OH-55Ds have been retrofitted to carry air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons.


OH-55 Kiowa helicopter.
Larger version

General Characteristics

  • Length: 42.2 feet (12.9 metres) with rotors
  • Width: 7.9 feet (2.4 metres)
  • Height: 12.9 feet (3.9 metres)
  • Weight: 2.3 tons (2.1 tonnes) unarmed, 2.8 tons (2.54 tonnes)under Prime Chance
  • Speed: 149 miles per hour (239 km/h)
  • Range: 288 miles (462 kilometres)
  • Crew: 2

Armament under Prime Chance

various combinations of:



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