MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced the delivery of the final five MD 530F Cayuse Warrior armed scout helicopters ordered for the Afghan Air Force via the company’s $1.4 billion, 5-year IDIQ contract.
Part of a 30-aircraft order issued in September 2017, the final five aircraft shipped out of Mesa-Gateway Airport, Mesa, Arizona, via 747 and reached Kandahar on October 27, 2019. The aircraft were reassembled and ready for active service in less than 10 days.
“The vigilant efforts of the Afghan Air Force to protect their country and their citizens from the expanse of terrorism are both noble and steadfast,” said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer for MD Helicopters, Inc. “Our respect for the warfighter is unwavering, and we are honored that the growing MD 530F Cayuse Warrior fleet plays such an important role in the safe, effective and efficient execution of these efforts.”
“The iconic MD Helicopters airframe was born to serve the warfighter,” Tilton concludes. “As a proud American manufacturer with a decades-long pedigree of delivering best-in-class rotorcraft options, we remain committed to the ongoing delivery of robust light scout attack helicopter solutions to US and Allied Nations around the world.”
With this shipment, MD Helicopters has successfully met all requirements of IDIQ Delivery Order 1, and the number of MD 530F training and combat aircraft delivered to the Afghan Air Force has reached 60. The delivery of the first five aircraft of this order was announced in Sept. last year.
MD Helicopters has an additional 24 aircraft contracted via the IDIQ contract vehicle. According to the company, future deliveries remain on schedule.
AAF MD 530F Cayuse Warrior
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.