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MD contracted for Afghan Cayuse Warrior support

30th August 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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MD Helicopters has been awarded a $50.4 million contract modification for logistics support of the Afghan Air Force’s (AAF) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior rotorcraft fleet.

The company has provided contractor logistics support services to the AAF since the first MD 530F training aircraft arrived in Afghanistan in 2011, and the new contract extension provides for continuous maintenance, on-the-job training, and support services including spares support, for all MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters operated by the air force. 

Effective as of 1 September 2019, the new contract with all options exercised will run through to 31 May 2020.

The AAF began operating the MD 530F as a primary rotary wing training aircraft in 2011. 

In 2014, in response to an urgent requirement, the company was contracted to arm and weaponise the single engine training aircraft, delivering an aircraft capable of carrying out armed escort, scout attack and close air support operations. 

A 60-strong fleet of Cayuse Warriors was then delivered nine months after this requirement emerged.

The final five units associated with a 2017 30-aircraft delivery order are due to be delivered later this year.


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