Posted by: National Defense Magazine, Dan Parsons 

Without a viable replacement for the aging OH-58 Kiowa Warriors, the Army has found that gutting and rebuilding older airframes might do the trick and could cost significantly less than buying a new aircraft and building new support systems.

The arrangement to modernize old helicopters — characterized by the depot commander as “fairly cheap” compared with buying new aircraft — could be a harbinger of the new normal in the big-ticket military hardware business. With less to spend, the Army and other military branches may consider revamping existing vehicles as a less costly option for modernizing their fleets. Read Full Article Here


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