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MD Helicopters Ramps Up Production

 - March 7, 2023, 12:01 AM
MD Helicopters has received an order from the Nigerian Army for an additional 12 Cayuse Warrior Plus light scout, reconnaissance, and attack helicopters. (Photo: MD Helicopters)

MD Helicopters (MDH) says it is boosting production capacity and hiring more staff to accommodate new orders for its Cayuse Warrior Plus light scout, reconnaissance, and attack helicopter. 

According to MDH (Booth C2729), it has received an order for an additional 12 Cayuse Warrior Plus helicopters from the Nigerian Army, which had previously ordered an initial batch of 24. The Nigerian Army plans to use the fleet of helicopters to assist with counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in the African nation. 

“We are grateful for the trust of the Nigerian government and are pleased to showcase our purpose-built, light attack aircraft solution to Nigeria and the world,” says MDH president and CEO Brad Pedersen. “MD Helicopters has streamlined our production processes to directly address the current and planned increase of aircraft orders.”

To fulfill those new Cayuse Warrior Plus orders and other recent large contracts, the Mesa, Arizona-based company plans to hire more than 120 new employees after restructuring its production facility. 

MDH also announced that it will make changes to its agreements with authorized service centers and parts retailers to help attract and retain more local operators. For example, the company is working to ensure that its service centers geographically align with the fielded fleets. 

To help funnel more business through the authorized network of MD service centers and parts retailers, the company plans to stop selling directly to any customers other than those providers within its authorized network and some select fleet customers. 

It also is working to convert the upgrade of the MD 500E helicopter to the MD 530F into a technical bulletin, meaning more MD-authorized service centers will be able to perform the upgrade around the world. For now, the company's facility in Arizona performs all the E-to-F upgrades.