DCS: OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

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Experience the ultimate in rotary-wing aviation with the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior in DCS World. This meticulously crafted simulation brings the legendary reconnaissance and light attack helicopter to life with unparalleled accuracy and detail. Fly low through challenging terrains, utilizing the Kiowa Warrior's advanced sensor suite and weaponry to dominate the battlefield. With its authentic flight dynamics, interactive cockpits, and realistic mission scenarios, the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior offers an immersive experience for both seasoned pilots and newcomers alike. Whether you're conducting reconnaissance missions or providing aerial support to ground units, the Kiowa Warrior delivers a truly thrilling and tactical flying experience.

Step into the cockpit of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior alone or in multicrew with a friend to share the adventure. The module features a highly detailed 3D model, complete with functioning avionics, MFDs, and a working Mast-Mounted Sight. Utilize the Level 2 Manned-Unmanned System to view aerial drone footage, or scan the battlefield using the sensors of other Kiowa Warriors. Share targets with the Improved Data Modem or call in Remote Hellfire Missions with other Kiowa pilots to coordinate attacks. With a wide range of weaponry available including AGM-114K Hellfires, FIM-92 Air-To-Air Stinger missiles and laser-guided rockets the Kiowa Warrior is prepared for any engagement.

Release: 06/05/2024

The OH-58D first flew in 1983 and was the result of the Army Helicopter Improvement Program as a single engine, four-bladed light weight helicopter. The Kiowa Warrior introduced the distinctive Mast-Mounted Sight (MMS) above the main rotor, and a mixed glass cockpit with traditional instruments - and as such was the first helicopter equipped with MFDs.

While the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior thrives in its reconnaissance role, making full use of its iconic MMS and a Level 2 Manned-Unmanned System (L2MUM), in more recent conflicts it played a pivotal role not only in gathering critical intelligence but also in actively supporting ground troops through precision strikes on enemy positions, illustrating its adaptability and effectiveness in both reconnaissance and offensive missions.

Armed with a vast array of weapons including AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, a .50 caliber FN M3P machine gun, FIM-92 Air-To-Air Stinger missiles and a large selection of rocket types including laser guided Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is capable of fulfilling a meaningful role by itself or by supporting other assets in DCS World.

Kiowa Warriors serving in the US Army took part in a number of operations, including:

  • Operation Prime Chance 1988
  • Operation Just Cause 1989
  • Desert Storm 1991
  • RAID 1989 - 1994
  • Peace Implementation Forces (IFOR) 1995 - 1996
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom

The US Army retired the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior in 2017 having accumulated over 800,000 combat hours. It continues to serve with the armed forces of Croatia, Greece, Taiwan and Tunisia to this day.

Key Features of the DCS: OH-58D Kiowa Warrior

  • Realistic hand crafted flight model with high precision characteristics of this light helicopter in all ranges of altitude, temperatures and speeds for different weights, flight configurations and conditions.
  • Highly detailed fully clickable glass cockpit with full VR support
  • Can be flown single-player or in multi-crew with a friend
  • Voiced pilot AI assistant
  • Fully modeled armament and weapons systems, including the M3P machine gun, 2,75” rockets, AGM-114K Hellfire anti tank guided missile with four firing modes, APKWS laser-guided rockets, FIM-92 Air-To-Air Stinger system and the handheld M4 rifle with 6DOF functionality when used with VR hand controllers
  • Detailed modeling of the entire electrical, fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, SCAS and radio systems
  • Full range of sensors and aircraft survivability systems including the Mast Mounted Sight with TV and FLIR cameras, Laser Rangefinder/Designator system, AN/APR-39 Radar Detector, AN/ALQ-144 IR Jammer, AN/AVR-2 Laser Detector, AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System and Flare & Chaff Dispenser
  • Rotorcraft Map System with moving map, digital elevation map, real-time display of navigation and target data
  • Improved Data Modem that allows for Kiowa-to-Kiowa text messaging, target sharing and Remote Hellfire Missions
  • Level 2 Manned-Unmanned System with its capability to display the video feed from a drone sensor or the camera feed of another player OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aircraft
  • Full Night-Vision support with the helmet mounted Optical Display Assembly and gun-mounted IZLID laser pointer
  • Data Cartridge for storing and loading mission data in a web-compatible format
  • Advanced damage modeling and failures for aircraft systems and components
  • Optional Pilot Display Unit heads up display
  • Over 60 liveries including various US Army, Croatian, Greek, Taiwanese and Tunisian units as well as a number of fictional liveries from around the world