Afghan Air Force to receive 12 MD 530F helicopters

13 January 2016 (Last Updated January 13th, 2016 18:30)

MD Helicopters (MDHI) has been awarded a firm fixed-price contract to manufacture and deliver additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior scout attack helicopters for the Afghan Air Force (AAF).

MD Helicopters (MDHI) has been awarded a firm fixed-price contract to manufacture and deliver additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior scout attack helicopters for the Afghan Air Force (AAF).

Under the terms of the contract, the company will supply 12 MD 530F helicopters equipped with enhanced mission equipment.

MD Helicopters CEO Lynn Tilton said: "The MD 530F has played an integral role in building the capabilities of the Afghan Air Force and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces since the first aircraft arrived in Shindand in 2011.

"In both training and combat configurations, the fleet has consistently maintained a mission launch rate of greater than 97%."

"In both training and combat configurations, the fleet has consistently maintained a mission launch rate of greater than 97%.

"This reliability, coupled with ease of operation, proven close air support and close air attack capabilities, stands as a testament to the legacy of this iconic airframe."

The AAF received the first twelve MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters last year and currently operates a fleet of 16 MD 530F choppers.

Additionally, five MD 530F helicopters were upgraded to the Cayuse Warrior configuration.

The 16 MD 530F gunships feature a mission equipment package that comprises of Rhode & Schwarz M3AR tactical radio communications solution, Aviatech tactical communication antennas.

Additionally, the helicopters will feature DillonAero Mission Configurable Aircraft System (MCAS) and fixed-forward sighting system, Kinetic Defense ballistic armour panels, FN HMP400 .50 calibre gun pods from FN Herstal and 75in rocket capability.

Delivery under the contract is expected to be made in time to meet the needs of the warfighters this year.