MESA, Ariz., Feb. 25, 2014 – Today, MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) released details of its new MD 530G
armed aerial scout helicopter. The MD 530G is the latest in a lineage that spans more than 50 years of scout
attack evolution. The journey began in 1963 with the introduction of the legendary OH-6A by Hughes
Aircraft Division. In 1985, the performance continued with the certification of the heralded MD 530F, the
world’s most proven scout for “hot and high” performance. Born from the combat-proven MD 530F
airframe, the MD 530G is the next model in a line of purpose driven scout attack helicopters.
“Just as the evolution of the modern day warrior advances by way of technology, materials and innovation,
so, too, does the progression of the armed aerial scout,” said Ms. Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer of
MDHI. “The 530G builds on the combat proven success of the 530F, adding heightened gross take-off
weight capacity, modern weapons control and an extensive selection of weapons configurations. The result
of such innovation is an incarnation that delivers combat mission versatility, extreme firepower and agile
performance beyond any armed scout in the market.”
The MD 530G platform provides growth in capabilities for the battle-proven airframe that will enable
military customers to meet mission requirements in austere environments. With cruise speeds in excess of
130kts, the MD 530G is designed for agile deployment with any rotary wing unit, such as UH-60
Blackhawk assault force. The aircraft features increased capacity landing gear supporting the 3,750
MGTOW (max gross takeoff weight). This allows the operator to utilize the increased useful load for
additional range, endurance and weapons.
“This impressive aircraft will continue the OH-6A legacy of a reliable, low cost, quick response armed
aerial scout, equipped with modern weapons capabilities,” said Ms. Tilton. “The MD 530G will provide
the operator the ability to find, fix and finish enemy targets on the ever evolving battlefield.”
The MD 530G will provide expanded armed aerial mission capabilities for military markets. The aircraft
will be built upon the MD 530-series airframe, the demonstrated leader with the highest mission availability
rates in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. This airframe maintains reliability, low operating cost, quick
response and a modern stores management system (SMS) with extreme firepower.
With completion of the new aircraft projected for the 2nd quarter of 2014, MDHI is already taking orders
for the MD 530G. MDHI is expected to deliver the first aircraft during the 3rd quarter of 2014. Visit MD
Helicopters Inc. in booth 6922, hall D at the 2014 HELI-EXPO to meet with product specialists and see the
latest advancements in the world’s leading aerial scout fleet.
About MD Helicopters
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company, is a leading manufacturer of commercial, military,
law enforcement and air-rescue helicopters. The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world renowned for its value,
versatility and performance. The MD Helicopters family includes the twin-engine MD Explorer, and single
engine versions of the MD 600N, MD 520N, MD 500E, MD 530F, MD 530A, MD 530G and MD 540A.
The innovative NOTAR system for anti-torque control with no tail rotor is used exclusively by MD
Helicopters to provide safer, more quiet and confined-area access capability. The company is based in
Mesa, Arizona. For more information about MDHI, visit www.mdhelicopters.com.
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