The characteristics, capabilities and features of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior armament subsystem are summarized below:
Electrically powered
Single box control for Weaponry
Master Power
Integration into muti-funtional displays (MFDs) allowing;
Pilot's selection of weaponry through collective switches
Centralized armament system management provides inventory and control for weaponry
Modular design provides quick response to battlefield requirements.
Weaponry change-out in minutes.
Multi-mission; munitions for air-to-air or air-to-ground:
.50 Caliber (12.7mm) machine gun
Hydra 70 (70mm, 2.75 inch) Aerial Rockets
Air-to-Air Stinger (ATAS)
Hellfire Missile System
Rapidly deployable globally by C-130 aircraft with;
Weaponry installed
Loading of weaponry in flight/on tailgate


The Kiowa Warrior Helicopter Armament Subsystem consists of equipment involved in the deliverance of munitions to a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground targets. The system is an assemblage of electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, and optical devices, which have been integrated into the OH-58D Helicopter MIL-STD-1553 multiplex data bus and the Control Display System (CDS) so that weapon selection and operation is controlled through the Integrated System Processor (ISP) and Master Controller/Processor Units (MCPU). This results in control indicators and selections for the armament systems being displayed to the crew on the Multi-Function Displays (MFDs). The pilot can select the desired weaponry without removing his hands from the flight controls through switches on his collective control head and cyclic switch.

The system has been designed to provide the OH-58D Helicopter with multi-mission capability through quick change-out weapon suites. The design provides the OH-58D Helicopter with provisions for firing a mix of point and area target weapons in combinations which are extremely flexible and can be interchanged to accommodate the unit's mission, enemy, terrain, troops, and time available (METT-A).

Each munition is used against the target it is best suited to engage. Any combination of two weapons may be carried or one weapon type with it's maximum load. Aircraft Mission configuration may vary from aircraft within the same unit depending on METT-A. Offensive and defensive weaponry include:

.50 Caliber (12.7mm) machine gun (left side mounting only) capable of providing 500 rounds for area suppression and engaging lightly armored moving, stationary or airborne targets.
70mm (2.75 inch) rockets; up to fourteen rockets (seven per side) to provide area suppression against lightly armored vehicles or exposed troops.
* Air-to-Air Stinger (ATAS) missiles; up to four missiles (two per side), to provide an air-to-air defense capability against enemy aircraft threats.
* Hellfire missiles; up to four missiles (two per side), for destroying enemy armored vehicles.

* U.S. Army AMCOM systems. Theoretically part of the system through integration components.

With the integration of the Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) and the aforementioned weaponry, the aircraft has superior night-fighting capabilities. For example, the Warrior crew can keep the aircraft masked, acquire a threat aircraft flying while blacked-out, and track it using the Mast Mounted Sight. The pilot can then orient his weaponry on the target, unmask, and fire before the threat aircraft can detect the Warrior.
OH-58D Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) [kpmast.jpg], 18k

The armament subsystem consists of the following components which are shown mounted on the OH-58D Helicopter:
Universal Weapons Pylon line drawing [kpuwp.gif], 8k

The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior can be configured in any one of 10 authorized armament configurations:
OH-58D configured with M260 rocket launcher and XM296 gun pod [oh58d005.jpg], 30k
OH-58D configured with ** Hellfire missile launcher and XM296 gun pod [oh58d001.jpg], 30k