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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1963
Total Production: 2,781
Also Known As: AH-6C Little Bird, AH-6M MELB, AH-6X, Hughes 500, Loach, MD 500E, MD 500M, MD 500MD Defender, MD 500MG, MD 520N, MD 530F, MD 530G Block II, MD 530MG, MD-530 Little Bird, MH-6B, MH-6J, MH-6M Mission Enhanced Little Bird, MH-6X, OH-6 Cayuse, OH-6A, OH-6D, OH-6J, ULB and Unmanned Little Bird
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: MD Helicopters
Parent System: MD-500
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1963
Total Production: 2,781
Family Members: MD-540F
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Description: MD 500 is a family of light, single-engine helicopters available for both civil and military operators. It was developed in the early 1960s to meet the requirements of the US Army for an observation helicopter. MD 500 outfitted as an observation helicopter was designated the OH-6 Cayuse or Loch and was widely deployed during the Vietnam war. Several thousands MD 500 helicopters were produced for the Army and international customers.

OH-6 helicopter can be equipped with guns, air-to-air missiles, anti-armor missiles, and rocket and grenade launchers. It is powered by an Allison T63 turboshaft rated at 253-shp. Overall, OH-6 was compact and maneuverable with a cabin capacity for up to four passengers (typically two) and a two-man crew. The armed variant of OH-6 is known as the AH-6 Little Bird. MH-6 are cargo/utility variants. Latest versions are known as the MD 500/MD 530 series helicopters and feature more powerful engines and improved avionics.

MD-500 Applications

Combat Aircraft AH-6i

MD-500 Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 5
Number of Engines: 1
Passengers: 4
Height: 2.48 meter (98 inch)
Length: 9.24 meter (364 inch)
Main Rotor Diameter: 8.03 meter (316 inch)
Ceiling: 4,815 meter (15,797 foot)
Max Range: 610 kilometer (329 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 253 shp (189 kW)
Cruise Speed: 60 mps (215 kph)
Empty Weight: 557 kilogram (1,228 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 1,090 kilogram (2,403 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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MD-500 News

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17 Feb 2005 and 5 Dec 2019
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Thursday, December 5, 2019MD Helicopters Unveils MD 530G Block II Scout Attack Helicopter
Monday, November 25, 2019Afghan Air Force Orders 12 Additional MD 530F Cayuse Helicopters
Thursday, December 20, 2018US Special Operations Command Orders Contractor Support for MH-6, MH-47 and MH-60 Helicopters
Monday, October 1, 2018Lebanon Air Force Orders Six Armed MD 530G Attack Helicopters
Thursday, September 27, 2018Kenya Orders Six MD530F Cayuse Attack Helicopters
Tuesday, September 5, 2017Afghanistan to Get 150 MD 530F Scout Helicopters by 2022
Tuesday, May 2, 2017FMS: Kenya Requests Sale of 12 MD-530F Weaponized Helicopters
Monday, February 1, 2016Malaysia Orders Six MD-530G Scout Attack Helicopters
Monday, January 11, 2016Afghan Air Force Orders 12 MD 530F Cayuse Warrior Scout Attack Helicopters
Wednesday, May 6, 2015Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Places Order for a New MD 530F Helicopter

Operators & Related Equipment

Afghan Air Force ordered 12 Cayuse scout attack helicopters in January 2016. Plus 16 previously ordered helicopters. In September 2017 Afghanistan ordered 150 MD-530F helicopters to be delivered by 2022.
Nov 201960
201312Hughes 500
Mar 2006140OH-6D
Kenya Defense Force (6)
MD-530G armed helicopters (6)
Aircraft ordered by the Ministry of Defense (6 MD-530G)
Saudi Arabia12
Foreign military sale announced in October 2010 for 12 MD-530F armed helicopters
United States of America?
Aircraft ordered by Houston Police Department; Columbus Police (1); Kansas City Police (3); Mesa Police Department (1); Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (1)

Grand Total 20233
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