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MD Helicopters lands $76 mn contract for Aghanistan's MD 530F helicopters support

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MD Helicopters lands $76 mn contract for Aghanistan's MD 530F helicopters support
 
The US Department of Defense has awarded MD Helicopters Inc a $76,7 mn foreign military sales contract for contractor logistics support for the MD 530F light attack and reconnaissance helicopters in support of the Afghanistan Air Force.
     
AAF MD 530F light attack helicopters
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The estimated completion date is May 31, 2018 and the the contracting activity is U.S. Army Contracting Command, the US DoD stated.

Afghanistan took delivery of its final four MD 530F light attack helicopters in August 2016, bringing the AAF total number of MD 530Fs to 27.

Afghan Air Force's MD 530F light attack helicopters performed their first combat operation on August 11, 2015. The MD 530F rotorcraft flew alongside the Afghan Air Force’s Mil Mi-17 transport helicopters based at Kabul as part of Operation Iron Triangle.

An evolution of the well-known OH-6 Cayuse light attack and reconnaissance helicopter, MD Helicopters' MD 530F platform is powered by Rolls-Royce 250-C30 turboshaft engine. The MD 530F can fly at a maximum cruise speed of 248 km/h within a maximum range of 430 km and a service ceiling of 5,700 m.

The AAF MD 530Fs mission equipment package includes Rhode & Schwarz M3AR tactical radio communications solution, Aviatech tactical communication antennas, DillonAero Mission Configurable Aircraft System (MCAS) and fixed-forward sighting system, Kinetic Defense ballistic armor panels, FN HMP400™ .50 caliber gun pods from FN Herstal, and 2.75” rocket capability.