MD Helicopters Receives $50M to Support Afghan Air Force MD-530F Helicopter Fleet

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) has been awarded a contract modification, worth around $50.4 million, to provide logistics support for the Afghan Air Force MD-530F Cayuse Warrior armed scout helicopter fleet.

The modification was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command (ACC) under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 Afghanistan Security Forces, Army funds for the contract amount were obligated at the time of the award.

The contract work will be performed in Kabul, Afghanistan; and Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2020.

MD Helicopters has provided comprehensive contractor logistics support (CLS) services to the Afghan Air Force since the first MD 530F training aircraft arrived in Afghanistan in 2011. The current CLS contract extension provides for continuous CONUS and OCONUS maintenance, on-the-job training, and support services, including spares support, for all MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters operated by the Afghan Air Force.

The AAF began operating the MD 530F as a primary rotary wing training aircraft in 2011. In 2014, in response to an urgent and compelling need within the region, MDHI was contracted to arm and weaponize the proven single engine training aircraft, delivering expanded capabilities for armed escort, scout attack and close air attack operations. Nine months later, MDHI delivered the first of a robust fleet of 60 MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters.

Currently, MDHI supports all mission-ready MD 530F Cayuse Warrior aircraft in Afghanistan. The final 5 units associated with the 2017 30-unit Delivery Order issued against MDHI’s $1.4 Billion IDIQ contract are set for on-time delivery later this year.

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).

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