MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced the delivery of the first five of recently ordered MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and aerial scout helicopters to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Ordered against MDHI’s 5-year, $1.4 billion IDIQ, these aircraft are the first of 30 new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters that will join the AAF Aviation Unit this year. Delivered in less than 10 months from the September 2017 contract award, the first five aircraft reached Kandahar on August 8, 2018, and were readied for active service in less than 10 days.
The IDIQ Contract vehicle ensures that an estimated quantity of 150 armed MD 530F Cayuse Warrior and/or MD 530G attack helicopters are available to U.S. and Partner Nation Military Aviation Forces.
“It is an honor to deliver these first five of 30 new Cayuse Warrior aircraft to the Afghan Air Force in support of their vigilant efforts to protect their country and their citizens in the global fight against terror,” said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer for MD Helicopters, Inc. “As a proud American manufacturer of the world’s most beloved airframe, our respect for the warfighter and our commitment to delivering effective and efficient attack helicopter solutions is unmatched.”
MD 530F Cayuse Warrior (Model 369F) Light Scout Attack Helicopter is an armed variant of the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse light observation helicopter built by MD Helicopters. It is the hot and high version of the MD Helicopters MD 500 (civilian version of OH-6) powered by a Rolls Royce (Formerly Allison) 250-C30P turboshaft engine rated at 650 shp (485 kW).
The delivered aircraft are the first of a new generation of MD 530F Cayuse Warriors with MDHI’s newly certified glass cockpit that includes:
+ Howell Instruments Electronic Engine Instruments and Crew Alert System (EICAS)
+ Garmin G500[H] TXi Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIS) with Touchscreen GDU 700P PFD/MFD
+ Garmin GTN 650 Touchscreen NAV/COM/GPS
+ L-3 ESI 500 Electronic Standby Instrument
Mission Equipment enhancements for the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior also consist of a ballistically tolerant crashworthy fuel system, including both the main fuel tank and a 38-gallon Auxiliary Fuel Tank.
“The MD 530F Cayuse Warrior has played a critical role in creating an effective, efficient, and sustainable air force in Afghanistan,” Tilton concludes. “It has been a proven performer in support of training and combat operations since joining the Afghan fleet, and has evolved to become the standard for light scout attack helicopter solutions worldwide.”
Remaining aircraft deliveries on this initial Contract Delivery Order are on track to be complete well in advance of the September 2019 contract date.