MD Helicopters Gains $1.4bn Order for 150 MD530 Helicopters

Afghan Air Force (AAF) MD530F Cayuse Warrior 220 flies over the Afghan countryside near Kabul en route to a nearby range for weapons training. The AAF has previously taken delivery of around 30 of the type and MDH will deliver 30 more by September 2019 as the first part of an order for up to 150 for FMS customers. USAF Captain Jason Smith

MD HELICOPTERS Inc (MDHI) has received an order from US Army Contracting Command valued at almost $1.4 billion for procurement of an estimated quantity of 150 armed MD530F Cayuse Warriors for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) opportunities.  The FMS contract, awarded on September 5, has a potential value of up to $1,385,497,987, including required production support services of programme management, delivery support, pilot training and maintenance.  Estimated completion date was given as August 31, 2022.

MDHI confirmed the next day that the first 30 of these helicopters will be delivered to the Afghan Air Force.  Valued at $176.6 million, they will be the first to be configured with MDHI’s newly certified Block 1 glass cockpit, featuring Garmin GDU 620 electronic flight instruments, Garmin GTN 650H communication/navigation/global positioning system (COM/NAV/GPS), Northern Airborne Technology cabin audio system and the Howell Instruments Engine Instrumentation System.  MDH says that deliveries on the initial contract delivery order will be completed by September 2019.

Mission equipment for these aircraft will include a ballistic crash-worthy fuel system, consisting of a main fuel tank and a 38 gallon auxiliary fuel tank, high capacity undercarriage, FN Herstal weapons management system, DillonAero Mission Configurable Armament System (MCAS) weapons plank and Fixed-Forward Sighting System, Rohde & Schwarz M3AR tactical mission radio, FN Herstal .50 caliber HMP 400 machine gun pods and M260 7-shot rocket pods.