Final Delivery of Enhanced MD530F to Afghanistan
27 and final MD530F Cayuse Warrior delivered to Afghan Air Force. First batches also retrofitted and upgraded with Enhanced Mission Equipment Package (EMEP)
MD Helicopters, August 26, 2016 - Mesa, Ariz.,– MD Helicopters, Inc. announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport.
With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary Wing Program Office for (12) additional aircraft.
The total number of armed MD 530F Cayuse Warriors now in service with the Afghan Air Force (AAF) is 27.
“The versatility of this aircraft for attack, scout and escort mission has been proven in theater since the first Cayuse Warriors arrived in Kabul in 2015,” said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer of MD Helicopters. “Whether as a primary training helicopter or when delivering a critical fast-attack capability to support the Afghan National Army’s ground fight, the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior plays a significant role in the war on terror, and the protection of both U.S. and Allied forces.”
The Afghan Air Force has been operating the MD 530F as a primary rotary wing training aircraft (PRWT) since 2011. In October 2014, the first 12 MD 530F Cayuse Warrior gunships – featuring two (2) FN Hersta .50 calibre HMP 400 Machine Gun Pods – were ordered to support the 2015 fighting season. These aircraft were delivered to theater within 9 months of the contract award and recorded several successful missions within the first three-months. These gunships continue to perform mission critical exercises and meet or exceed operational expectations.
In January 2016, MD Helicopters announced the contract for an additional 12 Cayuse Warrior helicopters to include an Enhanced Mission Equipment configuration, as well as the retrofit of all previously delivered MD 530Fs. The Enhanced Mission Equipment Package (EMEP) features, an M260 2.75” 7-shot rocket pod, and the DillonAero fixed-forward sight system.
Improved Efficiency, Accuracy and Safety. The capabilities provided by this new mission package allow the warfighter to tailor the configuration of the aircraft to better meet mission needs. With the ability to provide both suppressive fire and precision strike of down range targets, aircrews are able to increase the number of effective rounds on target fired from greater stand-off distances. This functionality minimizes the potential for collateral damage, improving both the leathality of the aircraft and the safety of the aircrew.
“With the proven 530 airframe at its heart, the Cayuse Warrior delivers to the warfighter unmatched safety, reliability and a customizable aerial fires capability to meet a full range of mission profiles. As a fast attack asset, there is no better solution than our MD 530F Cayuse Warrior,” Tilton concludes.
As part of MD Helicopters’ integration and testing process, the company conducted a comprehensive series of live-fire weapons & high-altitude qualification exercises for the Enhanced MD 530F Cayuse Warrior at Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma, Arizona, and Earnest A. Love Field, Prescott, Arizona.
About MD Helicopters, Inc.: MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company, has been at the forefront of more than 50-years of scout attack helicopter innovation. Beginning with the 1963 introduction of the OH-6A Cayuse, MDHI continues to deliver purpose-built armed scout attack helicopters to support the global fight against terror. Today, MDHI is a leading manufacturer of commercial, military, law enforcement and air-rescue helicopters. The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world renowned for its value, versatility and performance, and includes the twin-engine MD 902 Explorer, and single engine versions of the MD 600N, MD 520N, MD 500E, MD 530F and MD 530G. The innovative NOTAR® system for anti-torque control with no tail rotor – a key feature of the MD 902, MD 600N and MD 520N – is used exclusively by MD Helicopters to provide safer, quieter performance and confined-area access capability.
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