The Croatian Air Force and Air Defence’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters have successfully conducted the first tactical live firing and rocket launching.

This group firing and launching on Kiowa helicopters follows the successful completion of the first round of live firing and rocket launching in September.

It was carried out by pilots of Helicopter Squadron of the 93rd Croatian Air Force and Air Defence.

To date, three cycles of firing and rocket launching have been conducted for the first group of Croatian pilots on Kiowa helicopters.

Conducted by Kiowa helicopters flying in pairs, the firing involved the 12.7mm machine gun, the Hydra 70mm unguided rockets, Helfire’s school missiles, and Heckler-Koch G-36CV guns.

Each team comprised of Croatian Air Force pilots flying two OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

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The decisive qualification assessment depended on engaging the targets at night, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia stated.

The US instructors from ground positions observed firing and rocket launching and recorded hits scored. Hit scores from the four types of weapons fired were also evaluated.

“The three cycles allowed air technicians of all specialities to build helicopter attending skills and field operation in combat situations.”

The third cycle marks the completion of Croatian pilots training and will be followed by the test pilot check ride.

The three cycles allowed air technicians of all specialities to build helicopter attending skills and field operation in combat situations.

The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter can be primarily used for scout attack role.

It can also perform transport and utility roles using equipment kits installed externally on existing hard points.