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MD-500  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1963
Total Production: 2,625
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 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: 2,625
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
Dimensions
Height: 2.48 meter (98 inch)
Length: 9.24 meter (364 inch)
Main Rotor Diameter: 8.03 meter (316 inch)
Performance
Ceiling: 4,815 meter (15,797 foot)
Max Range: 610 kilometer (329 nautical mile)
Power
Max Power at TakeOff: 253 shp (189 kW)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 60 mps (215 kph)
Weight
Empty Weight: 557 kilogram (1,228 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 1,090 kilogram (2,403 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

MD-500 News

There are 21 news between
17 Feb 2005 and 2 May 2017
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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
Tuesday, March 3, 2015Mesa Police Department Aviation Unit Orders new MD 530F Helicopter
Thursday, July 31, 2014Raytheon Fires Four TALON Laser-Guided Rockets from MD 530G Helicopter
Thursday, May 1, 2014First Production Configuration AH-6i Light Helicopter Conducts Maiden Flight
Tuesday, August 7, 2012Unmanned Little Bird Rotorcraft Demonstrates Autonomous Ship-based Capability
Monday, April 2, 2012MD Helicopters Unveils the New MD-540F Armed Scout Helicopter
Sunday, February 12, 2012Columbus Police Order New Helicopter

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Afghanistan28
Afghan Air Force ordered 12 Cayuse scout attack helicopters in January 2016. Plus 16 previously ordered helicopters.
Argentina?
YearHoldings
201312Hughes 500
201022
200822
Italy?
YearHoldings
201449
Japan?
OH-6D
YearHoldings
Mar 2006140OH-6D
Malaysia6
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)
YearHoldings
201451AH-6M

Grand Total 4632
Cannons & Gear
Mk 19
Defensive Weapons
AGM-114F Hellfire
FIM-92 Stinger
Propulsion Systems
Model 250/T63x1
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