As Bell Helicopter and its Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter contractor team faced a May 18 Army review at which the fate of that program would be decided, Army officials seemed to hint that the program would go ahead, albeit under very watchful eyes.
At the Army Aviation Assn. of America annual gathering in Atlanta May 10, Gen. Richard Cody, the Army vice chief of staff, reiterated that the service needs the ARH to relieve war-weary Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warriors and "Bell has the contract to build it." His director of Army aviation, Brig. Gen Stephen Mundt, was quoted as saying, ""We believe Bell can build it." The program executive for aviation, Paul Bogosian, said Bell — as requested — had come up with a plan for salvaging ARH. "We have to put measures in place to validate that we’re seeing changes."
Perhaps most telling was that Wall Street analysts reported feeling Textron officials were confident the program would proceed.