MD Helicopters has delivered the final five MD 530F Cayuse Warriors to the Afghan Air Force that were part of a 30-aircraft order placed in September 2017, the comany announced on Monday. The order was part of a $1.4 billion, five-year IDIQ (indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity) contract. Sixty 530Fs have been delivered to the Afghan Air Force.
The aircraft are shipped to Afghanistan via Boeing 747 freighter from MD’s assembly plant in Mesa, Arizona, to Kandahar, where they are reassembled and readied for flight. MD has 24 aircraft contracted via the IDIQ contract and future deliveries remain on schedule.
“The iconic MD Helicopters airframe was born to serve the warfighter,” said MD CEO Lynn Tilton. “As a proud American manufacturer with a decades-long pedigree of delivering best-in-class rotorcraft options, we remain committed to the ongoing delivery of robust light scout attack helicopter solutions to U.S. and allied nations around the world.”