An EADS North America and Lockheed Martin team have begun work on developing a new AS645 scout helicopter for the US Army, with the aim of fulfilling a previously stated requirement for replacing the OH-58D.

The AS645 helicopter will have a latent ability to hover at 35°C (95°F) at 6,000ft with a payload of 1,045kg. In addition, it will be able to perform in harsh territories such as Afghanistan, EADS officials said at the Paris Air Show according to a report by

The new armed helicopter will replace the army’s aging fleet of OH-58D Kiowa Warriors. The AS645 team may offer the new helicopter in the third quarter of 2009.