OH-58D Nose Mount
Mace Aviation worked with L3 Communications Wescam to demonstrate a nose mounted MX-15D for the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Using a Bell 206 Jet Ranger as a surrogate aircraft, a completely new forward keel box structure was designed, fabricated and installed in the aircraft. Mace Aviation was responsible for obtaining all necessary engineering approvals and the aircraft was flight tested on the Yuma Proving Ground. An entire flight test program was executed to demonstrate the benefits of the nose mounted sensor as well as the increased performance capabilites of the Wescam MX-15D turret.