Lebanon Air Force Orders Six Armed MD 530G Attack Helicopters

Released on Monday, October 1, 2018
AED - US Army Aviation Engineering
AES - Advanced Encryption Standards
APKWS - Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System
EO/IR - Electro-Optical/InfraRed
IDIQ - Indefinite-Delivery-Indefinite-Quantity
ILS - Initial Logistics Support
LAF - Lebanon Air Force
LCD - Liquid Crystal Display
MCAS - Mission Configurable Armament Systems
MDHI - MD Helicopters Incorporated
MMS - Mission Management System
WMS - Weapons Management System
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today receipt of the third Delivery Order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter IDIQ contract. The firm, fixed-price award is for six (6) armed MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to be delivered to the Lebanon Air Force (LAF), and includes initial logistics support (ILS) for the aircraft, as well as aircraft systems, ground support equipment, and associated services.

Awarded through U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, MDHI's new MD 530G will receive a U.S. Army Airworthiness Release (AWR) by December 2019. All MD 530G aircraft deliveries to the Lebanon Air Force will be complete by the fourth quarter of 2020.

"The Armed MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter is a masterpiece in design and innovation," said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer for MD Helicopters, Inc. "With advanced avionics, integrated weapons and mission management systems, and an armament suite that delivers both precision lethality and suppressive fire capabilities, we are honored to receive this order, and look forward to delivering these highly capable aircraft to the Lebanon Air Force."

With the award of Delivery Order 03, nearly 30% of the estimated 150 aircraft available to U.S. and Partner Nation Military Forces via the IDIQ are currently in production.

MD 530G Attack Helicopter Configuration - Lebanon Air Force

The Armed MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter features MD Helicopters' next-generation all-glass cockpit that includes:

Two (2) Genesys Aerosystems IDU-680 6" x 9" LCD primary displays

Tek Fusion Global's PATHFINDER™ Mission Management System (MMS) and "ARES" Weapons Management System (WMS) on Dual Side-Mounted Mission Displays.

In addition to this advanced, all-glass cockpit, the MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopter boasts an enhanced mission equipment package designed to meet a broad array of mission profiles, including:

DillonAero Mission Configurable Armament System (MCAS)

62mm ballistic armor protection

Ballistically tolerant crashworthy fuel system, inclusive of main and auxiliary tanks

FN Herstal .50 caliber HMP 400 Machine Gun Pods

M260 7-shot rocket pods

70mm/2.75" APKWS (Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System) rockets

WESCAM MX-10D EO/IR laser designator

Scorpion® Helmet-mounted Cueing System from Thales

The Lebanon Air Force MD 530G helicopters will also feature the Harris Falcon III® RF-7850A-MR Multi-channel Airborne Networking Radios with Advanced Encryption Standards (AES).

MD Helicopters will work with U.S. Army Aviation Engineering (AED) to ensure all aircraft are delivered with a full U.S. Army-awarded Airworthiness Release (AWR).

"Returning MD Helicopters to its legacy position as the preferred manufacturer of light scout attack helicopters has been a gratifying journey," Tilton concludes. "I could not be more proud to have two individual aircraft models simultaneously under contract with the U.S. Army; both with the distinction of having full, U.S. Army-issued AWRs."


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