January 27, 2014
Credit: Bell Helicopter
With the ink still fresh on the Army's aviation restructuring, questions are already surfacing about the assumptions behind a proposal to retire the Bell OH-58D and TH-67 fleets in the next five years.
The idea was quickly crafted late last year to reduce the cost of Army aviation due to sequestration and belt-tightening as the war in Afghanistan winds down. Army officials say they plan to shift all of the Boeing AH-64Es from the Army Guard into active duty and some into the armed reconnaissance role. New Airbus Group UH-72s would assume the training mission (AW&ST Jan. 20, p. 22).