Effective through May 2020, contracted services will take place in Mesa, Arizona and Afghanistan
Mesa, Ariz., August 27, 2019 – MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today that the company has been
awarded a $50.4 million Firm Fixed Price contract modification for logistics support of the MD 530F
Cayuse Warrior helicopter fleet currently in service with the Afghan Air Force (AAF). MD Helicopters has
provided comprehensive contractor logistics support (CLS) services to the Afghan Air Force since the first
MD 530F training aircraft arrived in Afghanistan in 2011.
The current CLS contract extension provides for continuous CONUS and OCONUS maintenance, on-the-job
training, and support services, including spares support, for all MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters
operated by the Afghan Air Force. Effective September 1, 2019, the Period of Performance for the new
contract, with all options exercised, runs through May 31, 2020.
The AAF began operating the MD 530F as a primary rotary wing training aircraft in 2011. In 2014, in
response to an urgent and compelling need within the region, MDHI was contracted to arm and weaponize
the proven single engine training aircraft, delivering expanded capabilities for armed escort, scout attack
and close air attack operations. Nine months later, MDHI delivered the first of a robust fleet of 60 MD 530F
Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters.
Currently, MDHI supports all mission-ready MD 530F Cayuse Warrior aircraft in Afghanistan. The final 5
units associated with the 2017 30-unit Delivery Order issued against MDHI’s $1.4 Billion IDIQ contract are
set for on-time delivery later this year.
About MD Helicopters, Inc.
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a woman-owned, small business, is a leading manufacturer of commercial,
military, law enforcement and air-rescue helicopters. The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world renowned for
its value, versatility and performance, and includes the twin-engine MD 902 Explorer, the MD 530F Cayuse
Warrior Light Scout Attack Helicopter, the new MD530G Attack helicopter, and a single-engine commercial
fleet that includes the MD 600N, MD 520N, MD 500E and MD 530F. The innovative NOTAR® system for
anti-torque control with no tail rotor – a key feature of the MD 902, MD 600N and MD 520N – is used
exclusively by MD Helicopters to provide safer, quieter performance and confined-area access capability.
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