US DoD Seeks Up to 120 MD530Fs for Export Customers

Afghan Air Force MD530F Cayuse Warrior 256 flies over Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 25, 2016, en route to a training range for a weapons demonstration. The US DoD is seeking up to 120 more of the type for as-yet unannounced future customers. USAF/Capt Jason Smith

A SOLICITATION from the US Army Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aircraft Project Office (NSRWA PO) has revealed plans to acquire up to 120 MD Helicopters MD530F Cayuse Warriors for as-yet unspecified allied operators.  The proposal became public when it was published on the US Federal Business Opportunities website on July 20.

The NSRWA PO requirement is for a new five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for these helicopters to meet specific customer requirements.  This will include a mission equipment package (MEP) and an enhanced MEP with an avionics system, consisting of aircraft communications and cockpit instruments and controls, weapons management system and weapon components, plus a sensor system consisting of an electro-optical/infra-red surveillance and targeting system.  Also included would be an initial spares support package and a training support package, plus associated aircraft transportation preparation in support of Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and pseudo-FMS cases.

The contract will be broken down into five one-year ordering periods, with a minimum quantity of six and maximum of 120 aircraft if all quantities in all ordering periods are ordered.  The MD530F has already been delivered to the Afghan Air Force and Saudi Arabian National Guard, but no indication has been given as to the identity of the purchasers for the additional helicopters.