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AAF receives first MD 530F Cayuse Warriors

13th September 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


MD Helicopters (MDHI) has delivered the first five MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the company announced on 10 September.

Ordered against MDHI’s five-year, $1.4 billion indefinite delivery indefinite quantity  (IDIQ) contract awarded in September 2017, these aircraft are the first of 30 new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters that will join the AAF Aviation Unit in 2018.

These aircraft are the first of a new generation of MD 530F Cayuse Warriors with MDHI’s newly certified glass cockpit that includes Howell Instruments’ electronic engine instruments and crew alert system; Garmin's G500 (H) TXi electronic flight instruments with touchscreen GDU 700P PFD/MFD and GTN 650 touchscreen NAV/COM/GPS; and L-3 ESI 500 electronic standby instrument.

Mission equipment enhancements for the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior also include a ballistically tolerant crashworthy fuel system, including both the main fuel tank and a 38gal auxiliary fuel tank.

The remaining aircraft are expected to be delivered before September 2019.

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