Arizona-based MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced that it has been awarded a 5-year, firm-fixed price Contract to provide an estimated quantity of 150 armed MD 530 aircraft and the required production support services, including program management, delivery support, pilot training, and maintenance, to U.S. and Partner Nation Army Aviation Forces in support of U.S. Army foreign military sales (FMS) opportunities.
The Contract has an estimated completion date of Sep. 30, 2022 and a potential value of US$ 1.38 billion U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama is the contracting agency.
“This Contract is recognition of our ability to rapidly respond to the needs of our military customers,” said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer for MDHI, “and a testament to the effective, efficient role the MD 530 Armed Scout Attack Helicopters play in the global fight against terror. It is MDHI’s great honor to continue to serve and support the Warfighter."
The first Deliveries under the Contract will be thirty (30) new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for the Afghan Air Force. Valued at US$ 176.6 million, these first aircraft will be configured with MDHI’s newly certified Block 1 glass cockpit, featuring the Howell Instruments Engine Instrumentation System, Garmin GDU 620 Electronic Flight Instruments, Garmin GTN 650H Communication/Navigation/Global Positioning System (COM/NAV/GPS), and Northern Airborne Technology Cabin Audio System.
Aircraft deliveries on the initial Contract Delivery Order will be complete by September 2019.
MD Helicopters has a manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, where about 92 workers assemble 62% of MD Helicopters brand aircraft. However, the company states that all military products are made in Mesa, Arizona.