August 9, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
MD Helicopters reached a deal with a Middle East customer to provide six Cayuse Warrior Plus Attack/Scout aircraft with precision weapons capability, as well as six MD 530F glass cockpit upgrades. The 12 aircraft will support counter insurgency and counter-terrorism operations by providing area security, tactical reconnaissance, convoy escort, and drug interdiction throughout the country.
The armed MD 530F aircraft will receive glass cockpit upgrades at MD Helicopters in Mesa, Arizona. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2024 for all 12 aircraft.
“We are honoured for the trust ally forces have put in us to provide safe, reliable assets for their security missions,” said MD Helicopters President and CEO Brad Pederson.
The Middle East agreement includes a complete logistics package, including initial provisions, spares, and pilot and maintainer training.
The Plus version of the Cayuse Warrior features mission enhancements that include the precision weapons system, avionics improvements, and armour.