And France also needed a light helicopter without a mast-mounted sight and armed with a gun and unguided rockets to support ground troops against lightly armed, guerilla-type opposition or Third-World military forces.
The picture from the helicopter's mast-mounted sight is passed to the missile's seeker, and when the helicopter makes a hop above the obstacle, the seeker quickly recognizes the real target, matching its own view with the one delivered by the sight.
This is reduced to 260 km/hr in the case of the anti-tank version with mast-mounted sights
. It has a ferry range of 800 km.
The Kiowa Warrior's laser range finder (LRF/D) inside the mast-mounted sight
(MMS) is being upgraded to see better.
Used in conjunction with television and flir sensors on a mast-mounted sight
(Osiris), the system can track up to four targets simultaneously, and engage all four within eight seconds.
DRS will provide support for mast-mounted sights
on the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter.
DRS Technologies won a contract worth $42 million for support and repair of the mast-mounted sights
on the Army's OH-58 Kiowa Warrior attack helicopters.