MD Helicopters gets large order from Kurdistan government
September 24, 2013 By Carey Fredericks
Sept. 24, 2013, Mesa, Az. - MD Helicopters announced that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has placed orders for 12 new MD 530F helicopters. The new aircraft will be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2013.
The newest members of the KRG fleet will provide support to the Ministry of Interior for airborne law enforcement and firefighting missions in the mountainous regions of Kurdistan. The aircraft will be equipped with the latest state-of-the art technology, including NVG compatible cockpit, high powered searchlight and advanced avionics.
“The MD 530F provides exceptional mission versatility and proven hot and high performance, indigenous to the Kurdistan region” said Tilton, chief executive officer of MDHI. “We are pleased that the Kurdistan Regional Government has chosen the MD 530F aircraft to support their critical airborne police and firefighting missions. We look forward to growing our relationship with the KRG and providing exceptional support for the new fleet.”
Equipped with the 650 shp Rolls Royce 250-C30 engine and longer main-rotor blades, the MD 530F is the company’s finest high-altitude, hot-day performer. When compared to the MD 500E, the 530F’s tailboom is extended eight inches, and the tail rotor blades are also lengthened to provide increased thrust and directional control at high altitudes. The MD 530F increases the operational capabilities, enabling greater mission versatility and performance. This dependable aircraft has greater take-off power at significantly higher hover ceiling levels than its competitors, with in-ground-effect hover capability of 16,000 feet ISA. The MD 530F also retains the family characteristics of speed, agility, low direct operating costs and the ability to operate with ease in confined spaces.