FORT RUCKER, Ala. – The decision by Fort Rucker officials to ground its fleet of OH-58 Delta helicopters was a proactive step to an identified system concern. The system in question was a newly installed flight control component.
The anomaly did not cause any damage to any aircraft or injury to any personnel. Fort Rucker officials decided to ground the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior fleet at Fort Rucker only as a safety precaution. No other OH-58Ds Kiowa Warriors in the Army inventory have received the upgrade to date, so this grounding action is limited to Fort Rucker only.
Fort Rucker has an immediate fix, so the grounding is expected to be of short duration. This is not expected to heavily impact the training of students in the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior course.
The safety of our Soldiers and our Army Aviators are our number one priority. Once the fleet is back up, we will begin a systematic, full review of the specific flight control system in question. This is a good news story for our Aviation community in that the safety systems we have in place from our Instructor Pilots, to our maintainers were on top of the situation from the beginning. The Kiowa Warrior is a vital part of the Army’s Rotary Wing inventory and we will continue to ensure we provide its full capability to our Warfighters.