11/1/2007 - Fort Worth, TX -- Bell Helicopter Armed
Reconnaissance Helicopter Program achieved another
milestone while preparing for a Limited Users Test
(LUT) at Yuma Proving Grounds. The program surpassed
1,000 flight test hours in under 15 months of flying.
"With each flight, the flight envelope is expanded and
another test card is complete," said Bob Ellithorpe,
executive director, ARH Program. "We've worked very
closely with the U.S. Army to demonstrate the
capabilities of the ARH-70A. An accomplishment of this
magnitude in such a short time frame is the result of
strong teamwork between government and industry
The ARH Program continues preparation for Limited User
Test (LUT). U.S. Army pilots have completed individual
training and are conducting crew training at Yuma
The ARH Program anticipates the LUT will commence in
early November. The purpose of the LUT is to verify
the integrated system performance for the FLIR Systems
International "Target Acquisition Sensor System"
(TASS) and the "Common Avionics Architecture System"
(CAAS) made by Rockwell Collins. Additionally, the LUT
will evaluate the performance of the Honeywell
HTS-900-2 turbine engine into the Bell 407 airframe.
The ARH program consists of 512 aircraft to replace
the venerable OH-58D Kiowa Warrior which is doing
yeoman's work in the Global War on Terror.
Source: Bell Helicopter Press Release