MD Helicopters (MDH) is bringing its new look and renewed commitment to the 2023 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (AAAA) in Nashville this week. The helicopter manufacturer will display its highly effective armed MD Cayuse Warrior Plus helicopter and hold a leadership introduction event where attendees and media can meet MD’s new leadership and learn about the company’s aggressive goals, positive changes already taking place, and how MDH is strengthening support for the Army. MD Helicopters’ MD Cayuse Warrior Plus is a combat proven tactical scout and light attack aircraft valued for its unmatched power, safety, speed, agility, and unparalleled confined area capabilities. Mission enhancements include sensors, weapons system, hellfire, avionics improvements, armor, and increased power performance. In March, MD Helicopters announced the award of 12 of these aircraft to the Nigerian Army to assist in counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations in Nigeria and a production ramp up of these aircraft to meet growing need.
“Our military customers continue to be extremely important to MD Helicopters and we are already strengthening our support for those who serve. Since taking over seven short months ago, our team of deeply experienced leaders have begun bolstering our supply chain, increasing parts availability, and strengthening our service center network. We are dedicated to keeping our military aircraft flying while spooling up production to deliver more advanced, modern aircraft to meet the needs of changing theaters,” said Brad Pedersen, MD Helicopters President and CEO.
The Cayuse Warrior Plus is a derivative of the Cayuse Warrior with L3 WESCAM MX-10D Airborne Targeting and Designating System. A precision firing weapons aircraft with Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS) Hellfire Laser Guided Missile and Dillon MCAS Weapons Mount. The Cayuse Warrior’s External weapons systems “B kit” can be removed thereby reducing it’s operating weight and drag. With only the A-kit the aircraft maintains the equipment layout and controls of the Cayuse Warrior while being lightened and more forgiving for student pilots. The main rotor static mast is built to be fail-safe to 100% design load. Dual, crash-resistant elastomeric fuel cells are mounted between crash-resistant keel beams and bulkheads below the cabin floor. A three-dimensional truss-type structure with an internal roll bar protects the pilot and passengers and offers increased occupant safety. The Cayuse Warrior Plus was a more powerful version of the 530F optimized for hot and high work, being furnished with an enlarged main rotor and more powerful Allison Rolls-Royce 250-C30 Turbine Engine , capable of producing up to 650 shp (375 Max Continuous shp and 425 Max Takeoff Power Limit 30 min ).
MD Helicopters, LLC (MDH) manufactures high-performance rotorcraft solutions that support operators flying military, commercial, law enforcement, utility, and VIP mission profiles. With thousands of aircraft in service worldwide, MDH has been designing and building aircraft known for their safety, versatility, responsiveness, speed, and reliability since 1947. Our commitment to product sustainment and customer success allows MDH to deliver aircraft unmatched in their performance and reliability. MD Helicopters, LLC is owned by an investment consortium comprised of MBIA Insurance, Bardin Hill Investment Partners LP, and MB Global Partners.