UH60L-IP Posted September 23, 2013 Report Share Posted September 23, 2013 For those that currently fly the Kiowa, you may already know this. For those that are considering it, it is food for thought. I was privy in these last couple of days to a brief by a key leadership aviation officer. It is public information, simply an expansion of General Odierno's open and public comments. "It is a horrible time to be a Kiowa pilot. There is simply no future in it." The brief made it very clear that there are no future prospects for replacement of the Kiowa. While there have been many attempts in the past, and the fleeting possibility of an ongoing search, the decision "has been made" that there are simply no plans at all to replace the aging platform. Why? Because it's already been replaced - by the AH-64E. Kiowa units in FORSCOM will simply go away and not be replaced. "The Kiowa, entering service in 1971, has reached the end of it's service. We cannot justify a replacement for this platform when we have so many brand new 64 Echoes entering service. The 64 Echoes will take up the mission for the aging 58s as they are removed from service." Further, as there will be fewer dollars (in general) for Army Aviation, aircraft in active duty service will be replaced as needed in large part by taking them from National Guard and Reserve component units - that concerns all platforms. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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