Afghan Air Force award $50m contract to MD Helicopters - MS&T

Afghan Air Force award $50m contract to MD Helicopters

Afghan Air Force

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has awarded a $50.4 million Firm Fixed Price contract to MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) for logistics support of its MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopter fleet.

MDHI has provided contractor logistics support (CLS) services to the AAF since the first MD 530F training aircraft arrived in Afghanistan in 2011.

The current CLS contract extension provides for continuous CONUS and OCONUS maintenance. It also covers on-the-job training and support services, including spares support, for all MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters operated by the AAF. Effective September 1, 2019, the new contract runs through May 31.

The Afghan Air Force began operating the MD 530F as a primary rotary wing training aircraft in 2011. MDHI armed and weaponized the single engine training aircraft in 2014. It delivered expanded capabilities for armed escort, scout attack and close air attack operations. Nine months later, MDHI delivered the first of a fleet of 60 MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters.

Currently, MDHI supports all mission-ready MD 530F Cayuse Warrior aircraft in Afghanistan.