The Role of Taiwanese OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Scout Helicopters in a War Against China | Aviation

The lighter OH-58D was designed to fly ahead, scout and locate targets for the heavily armed AH-64 Apache.

Taiwan’s Army Aviation and Special Forces command will celebrate on Jun. 28, 2024, its 80th anniversary and, on Jun. 25, held a preview ahead of the ceremony  at a base in Tainan. The ceremony rehearsal saw multiple Taiwanese helicopters being displayed to the public and conducting drills, including the U.S.-made AH-64E Apache, AH-1W Super Cobra, UH-60M Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook, and OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, according to Liberty Times.

On Jun. 13, the Military News Agency also showed the AH-1W, OH-58D and UH-60M participating in drills at Taiwan’s Army tri-service joint training base, dubbed “113-2 Air Weapon Live Fire”. Each helicopter employed its onboard weapons against targets in the range, without being affected by the bad weather.

The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior’s continuous presence in Taiwanese military operations warrants an examination on its usefulness, considering that the forward scout chopper was retired by the U.S. Army because of its obsolescence in the modern contested battlespace. The service, in fact, assessed it to be vulnerable to newer Russian and Chinese medium, short-range, point defense and man-portable shoulder-fired AD (Air Defense)…


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