The Bell ARH-70 was being developed in the early 2000’s as the successor of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. Four prototypes were built, and the model had its first flight in July 2006. In October 2008 the project was canceled.

Bell Helicopter
United States
2005 to: 2008
US$9.6 million
2x 1 × Honeywell HTS900-2 turboshaft
970 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
140 knots
259 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
162 Nautical Miles
300 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
2.31 nautical mile / gallon
1.130 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
20,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
2000 feet / minute
10.16metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
2,268 Kg
5,000 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
847 Kg
1,867 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
70 gallon
265 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
6 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
10.57 metre - 34.68 feet
Tail height:
Fuselage Diameter:
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
10.67 metre - 35.01 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

One of the prototypes made an autorotational emergency landing after which the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. After this incident the Army issued a Stop Work Notice. With the new 2008 defense budget there was no budget to develop this project any further and it got canceled as a consequence of the global financial crisis.

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