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Thursday March 3, 2016 3 rd EDITION Louisville • FREE Two Leading Aviation Software Companies Partner to Offer the First End-to-End Electronic Maintenance and Flight Operations Solution Aircraft Maintenance Software (AMS) and Cirro by Air-Suite Inc. have joined forces to integrate their aircraft maintenance and flight management software into one solution. “Together we will be offering the very first fully digital integrated solution continued on page 20 Over 80 Models of Hawkeye Precision Borescopes! For over 20 years, Gradient Lens Corporation has de-signed, engineered and manufactured precision optics and optical instruments. Their patented endoGRINS gradient-index lens technology is built into their exclusive line of Hawkeye Rigid Precision Borescopes. This innovative optical design allows Hawkeye Rigids to deliver excellent image quality at prices one-third that of comparable visual inspection in-struments. Their newest rigid and flexible video borescopes display high-qual-ity inspection images on portable or continued on page 22 ACF-50 Anti Corrosion Formula Hits 30-Year Milestone! Article Courtesy of Lear Chemical Research Lear Chemical Research, Booth #6947, has been suc-cessfully developing and compounding anti-corrosion lu-bricants and greases since 1979. For more than 37 years, we have been effectively solving corrosion-related prob-lems in the automotive, aviation, industrial, marine and recre-ational industries. Our technical success is balanced by combin-ing laboratory testing with spe-cific field evaluations to ensure that each formula produced continued on page 36 Heliport Systems Inc. Heliport Systems Inc. is considered the “go-to” firm by architects and general contractors for heliport design, manufacture and construction. “We are the only firm with the three major components necessary to establish safe and cost-effective heliports: helicopter knowledge, engi-neering ability and construction experience,” said William E. Davis, president. Davis is a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and commercial helicopter pilot who started the firm in 1977. He has served on the FAA Ro-torcraft Task Force, the HAI Heliport Technical Commit-tee and the NFPA Standard for Heliports Technical Committee. Davis also provides expert witness testimony at continued on page 36 Rhino Air Anti-Poaching is Attending HELI-EXPO in Louisville, Ky. to Seek Material Support from Helicopter Business Community Visit Rhino Air at Booth #7739 Rhino Air is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to provide helicopter support to the rhino anti-poaching efforts in the Republic of South Africa. Rhino Air specif-ically provides heli-copters with thermal cameras (FLIR) and continued on page 36 Rockwell Collins’ Next-Generation MMR to Keep Airlines Flying Around the Globe for Years to Come CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Rockwell Collins, the airline industry’s leading provider of Multi-Mode Receivers (MMR), introduced its GLU-2100 next-generation MMR for air transport aircraft. The newly designed MMR, which readies airlines for all foreseeable future global navigation requirements, is in development and will be available as an option for Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The GLU-2100 MMR will bring numerous enhance-ments such as satellite-based augmentation system continued on page 54 ANA Group Selects Rolls-Royce Engines Worth $300 Millon for Airbus A380 Aircraft Rolls-Royce will provide ANA Group with Trent 900 en-gines, worth $300 million, for three new Airbus A380 air-craft. The decision reinforces the Trent 900’s position as the engine of choice on the A380. It has been selected by the majority of A380 customers and has more than 50 per-cent market share. The selection of the Trent 900 further strengthens the relationship between Rolls-Royce and ANA Group. Rolls-Royce is currently providing Trent 1000 engines for all of ANA’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, director, Customers continued on page 54 Bell Helicopter FORT WORTH, Texas — Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Tom L. Wood, Bell Helicopter’s chief technologist, has been awarded the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Inter-national’s 2016 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lec-tureship. The annual Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lec-tureship is given to an individual who reflects the highest ideals, goals and achievements in the field of helicopter and V/STOL aircraft engineering and development. Wood’s Nikolsky Lecture will be widely disseminated and accompanied by an archival technical article to doc-ument and preserve his seminal work. “Tom Wood’s enduring contributions to advancing continued on page 65 MD Helicopters to Supply New MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence Malaysian Army Aviation to Launch Customer for MDHI’s Next-Generation Light Scout Attack Helicopter MESA, Ariz. — MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce that it succeeded in its bid to supply six MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defense. MDHI will deliver the launch helicopters to Malaysian Army Aviation (Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat; PUTD) beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the full fleet to deliver by the end of the first quarter of 2017. continued on page 65

Two Leading Aviation Software Companies Partner to Offer the First End-to-End Electronic Maintenance and Flight Operations Solution

Aircraft Maintenance Software (AMS) and Cirro by Air- Suite Inc. have joined forces to integrate their aircraft maintenance and flight management software into one solution.

“Together we will be offering the very first fully digital integrated solution on the market,” says Michael Kleywegt, CEO of AirSuite Inc. “Basically, what we’re doing is fully integrating the maintenance side with the flight management side.”

“This partnership is a natural pairing. Together, we will be able to offer comprehensive software solutions that do it all,” says Kim Massie, chief commercial officer at AMS. “We recognize that we are the software experts in maintenance, and AirSuite is the expert in operations software — our partnership just makes sense.”

Having the integrated software, operators will gain access to fully digital document workflows including digitally signed aircraft journey logs, enhanced reporting tools for monitoring operations and maintenance costs, as well as detailed reports on technical dispatch and safety records.

“For example, when you change the configuration of the aircraft in Cirro, you will automatically be able to access AMS software that will allow you to digitally sign off that technical change without having to do it physically on paper. It will make the workflow seamless and every document will be securely saved and stored in the cloud without any discrepancies,” says Kleywegt.

Another example is how flight duty times are tracked. The AMS and Cirro integrated software will be able to cross check the number of hours a pilot has on a specific aircraft, including tracking the number of take offs and landings and other statistics that wouldn’t normally be accessible.

“Say you’re a pilot attempting to plan a flight, with our software working together, not only will you will be able to see any open defects and how much time is available until the next maintenance item, but you will be alerted and prevented from planning a flight that would violate either of those items,” says Kleywegt.

Other benefits include increased data security, accountability and easy access to reports for auditing purposes.

“There is nothing else out there like this. Right now, our teams are learning how we can integrate our APIs — that is to say, how we can get our software to communicate seamlessly between one another. Our development teams are combining their efforts to create the best quality solution on the market,” says Thomas Grimaud, chief operating officer at AMS. “The only way you can do this is by having the proper expertise to pull these two fields together.”

For more information visit: www.aircraftms.com and Booth #6943, and www.air-suite.com Booth #7938.

Pictured on cover: Thomas Grimaud, Chief Operating Officer at AMS (left) and Michael Kleywegt, CEO of AirSuite Inc. (right)

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Over 80 Models of Hawkeye Precision Borescopes!

For over 20 years, Gradient Lens Corporation has designed, engineered and manufactured precision optics and optical instruments. Their patented endoGRINS gradientindex lens technology is built into their exclusive line of Hawkeye Rigid Precision Borescopes. This innovative optical design allows Hawkeye Rigids to deliver excellent image quality at prices one-third that of comparable visual inspection instruments.

Their newest rigid and flexible video borescopes display high-quality inspection images on portable or desktop video monitors, and laptop or desktop computers. Those images can be saved, documented and emailed. The newest addition to the Hawkeye line is a prime example — that’s the new Hawkeye V2 Video Borescope. The Hawkeye V2 represents the next generation of fully portable, articulating video borescopes manufactured by Gradient Lens (www.gradientlens.com/V2).

Hawkeye V2’s deliver five times higher image quality than fiber optic borescopes and are made in the USA. Operators can quickly and easily inspect turbine blades, combustion chambers, cooling tubes in heat exchanges, gear boxes and more, all without the need for costly and time consuming engine and system teardown. Fully portable, Hawkeye V2 Video Borescopes are two and four-way articulating, and come complete with video monitor and light source, all in one easy-to-use device. Hawkeye V2 Videoscopes are either 4 mm or 6 mm in diameter, and have flexible, rugged, fourlayer tungsten sheathing. They are available in lengths up to six meters. Custom lengths are available upon request.

Today, leading edge companies are using Hawkeye Borescopes to improve their products and quality, streamline their processes and gain a competitive advantage.

Gradient Lens Corporation carries over 80 models of rigid, flexible and video borescopes, as well as video microscopes. All are in stock and ready for overnight delivery.

Booth #5943 www.gradientlens.com 800-536-0790

Hawkeye, endoGRINSn are registered trademarks of the Gradient Lens Corporation.

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ACF-50 Anti Corrosion Formula Hits 30-Year Milestone!

Article Courtesy of Lear Chemical Research

Lear Chemical Research, Booth #6947, has been successfully developing and compounding anti-corrosion lubricants and greases since 1979. For more than 37 years, we have been effectively solving corrosion-related problems in the automotive, aviation, industrial, marine and recreational industries. Our technical success is balanced by combining laboratory testing with specific field evaluations to ensure that each formula produced meets advertised claims and customer expectations. In 1983, we identified a need in the aerospace industry for a “new” type of corrosion preventative.

Using both laboratory analysis and extensive field testing, we developed a highly effective Ultra Thin Fluid Film (UTFF) compound called ACF-50. With “real-world” evaluations completed, we pre-launched ACF-50 Anti Corrosion Formula in September 1985. ACF-50 was “officially” released to the aerospace/helicopter industry at HAI HELI-EXPO in February 1986.

Why was ACF-50 special then and now? Prior to ACF-50’s release, the industry had very few CPC choices other than thick, “waxy,” “tar” or “resin”-based compounds. These “passive” preventatives worked for a time on “new” air- frames but failed to protect older aircraft. The limitation was in the chemistry. These products did not and still do not effectively treat hidden areas of the structure with active corrosion sites.

As the leader in ultra-thin water-displacing compounds (UTWDs) Lear Chemical sought to offer an alternate choice to the “old technology” passive CPCs. Water Displacing (WD-type) penetrants had been around for many years with some ability to control corrosion for a few days or weeks. ACF-50’s unique chemistry would now offer excellent penetration, coupled with an unmatched 24 months of “active” corrosion protection. ACF-50 became the first in a new category of products with a unique chemistry that allowed it to function as both a Corrosion Preventative Compound (CPC) and a Corrosion Inhibiting Compound (CIC). Designed specifically to both prevent and deactivate corrosion, ACF-50’s blend of nonflammable, nontoxic, polar bonding inhibitors and moisture-displacing additives would penetrate deep into corrosion cells to actively remove electrolytes. No longer in contact with the metal surface, these electrolytes evaporate. ACF-50’s resulting dielectric fluid film acts as an “off switch” for the corrosion process.

Among other firsts for Lear Chemical was introducing its vision for complete after-market/in-service Corrosion Preventative and Control Programs (CPCP). We pioneered the concept of treating the “complete aircraft” (airframe and electrical systems) for corrosion at one time rather than the “see it, treat it” concept. With this CPC program came another first — our unique ACF-50 “fogging process.” This application methodology literally took the industry by storm with new tooling and techniques that had never been commercially seen or used before. The ACF-50 Fogging System has become the standard by which all have followed.

For 30 years, ACF-50’s outstanding performance has been independently tested, verified and trusted by the U.S. government and fleet operators around the world. It has garnered consistent approvals or endorsements from 30 airframe and power-plant OEMs and meets the combined industry anti-corrosion performance requirements for AIRBUS, Boeing, Douglas and Mil-PRFs.

Whether you are operating EMS services in Chicago or oil-patch support in the North Sea or Gulf, ACF-50’s 30-year track record in effective Corrosion Control solutions is the only one to rely on.

Lear Chemical Research www.acf-50.com 800-256-2548 HELI-EXPO Booth #6947

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Heliport Systems Inc.

Heliport Systems Inc. is considered the “go-to” firm by architects and general contractors for heliport design, manufacture and construction. “We are the only firm with the three major components necessary to establish safe and cost-effective heliports: helicopter knowledge, engineering ability and construction experience,” said William E. Davis, president. Davis is a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and commercial helicopter pilot who started the firm in 1977. He has served on the FAA Rotorcraft Task Force, the HAI Heliport Technical Committee and the NFPA Standard for Heliports Technical Committee. Davis also provides expert witness testimony at zoning hearings on matters concerning helicopter safety, noise and heliport construction.

The firm recently completed a rooftop heliport for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. This is the 10th rooftop heliport designed and constructed by Heliport Systems in Philadelphia, a major medical hub city with two EMS helicopter programs.

“Our rooftop heliport system utilizes an aluminum deck supported by hot dipped galvanized steel beams and girders — providing a high strength to weight structure that can fit on some buildings that otherwise could not support a steel and concrete deck. Also, the galvanized steel and aluminum deck are virtually maintenance free vs. a concrete deck which can crack and spall over time if a snowmelt system is installed,” said Davis.

The firm manufactures a package of night vision goggles compatible heliport lights meeting FAA standards, which are ETL Listed. Also, offered is a high-quality Radio Operated Lighting Controller that can receive on virtually any civilian and military frequency (except cell phone frequencies which are prohibited by the FCC).

A complete design/build rooftop heliport system for the Sikorsky S-76 without snowmelt starts at $425,000. A snowmelt system adds $75,000.

Heliport Systems Inc. is the only heliport design/build firm that can design rooftop fueling systems and rooftop hangars. The firm also designs ground level, concrete heliports with lighting for hospitals, businesses and private individuals.

Visit Booth #8036.

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Rhino Air Anti-Poaching is Attending HELI-EXPO in Louisville, Ky. to Seek Material Support from Helicopter Business Community

Visit Rhino Air at Booth #7739

Rhino Air is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to provide helicopter support to the rhino anti-poaching efforts in the Republic of South Africa. Rhino Air specifically provides helicopters with thermal cameras (FLIR) and night vision goggles to help the rangers fight the poachers at night. In December 2015, Rhino Air received authority to fly at night and in the national game reserves in Kwa-Zulu Natal in the Republic of South Africa.

Park rangers in South Africa have a tough time fighting the poachers at night when most of the rhino poaching occurs. Rhino Air wants to provide support to the rangers with these night helicopters. The pilots of Rhino Air are all U.S.-licensed pilots with night vision experience. Rhino Air plans on operating U.S.-registered helicopters in RSA. They are flying these aircraft as a U.S. end user and will be in compliance with ITAR (International Treaty in Arms Regulation). Rhino Air hopes to get the first night helicopters in RSA by the beginning of 2017. It has been estimated that rhinos will be extinct in five years, due to the extent of the poaching.

Eric Rudzinski, CEO and founder of Rhino Air has worked out logistical issues revolving around the anti-poaching mission with South African officials. He says South Africa doesn’t have the equipment nor the experienced pilots to fly helicopters at night with night vision goggles. Rhino Air uses U.S. pilots with U.S. aircraft in order to provide this capability.

CEO Eric Rudzinski hopes to expand this operation in Africa and is attending HELI-EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky in order to obtain some material support for the 501(c)(3) charity. Rhino Air is seeking all forms of support from funding to actual equipment; such as thermal cameras (FLIR 8500), night vision goggles (M949), NVG panel conversions and helicopters.

Visit www.rhinoair.org.

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Rockwell Collins’ Next-Generation MMR to Keep Airlines Flying Around the Globe for Years to Come

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Rockwell Collins, the airline industry’s leading provider of Multi-Mode Receivers (MMR), introduced its GLU-2100 next-generation MMR for air transport aircraft. The newly designed MMR, which readies airlines for all foreseeable future global navigation requirements, is in development and will be available as an option for Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

The GLU-2100 MMR will bring numerous enhancements such as satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) navigation and turnkey compliance to all known automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) mandate requirements. It incorporates VHF omnidirectional radio range (VOR) functionality and is a form-fit, drop-in replacement for legacy MMR units and will operate with existing antennas.

The new MMR also offers an easy, software-only upgrade path to Category II/III global landing systems (GLS) and multifrequency navigation, and multiconstellation navigation — including localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) operations — with a replacement antenna.

“Our next-generation MMR builds upon Rockwell Collins’ GPS development legacy and history of delivering and supporting nearly all GLS and SBAS solutions in the air transport market segment with a new, patent pending design that will serve airlines for the next 25 years,” said Steve Timm, vice president and general manager, Air Transport Systems for Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins provides the only certified MMR for air transport aircraft with both GLS and SBAS and is the only company delivering an MMR that supports Selective Availability (SA)-Aware functionality, which is required to comply with near-term U.S. ADS-B Out airspace requirements.

All Rockwell Collins systems are backed by a world-class 24/7/365 global customer support network with a proven record of exceptional responsiveness to keep aircraft in service.

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Their expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

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ANA Group Selects Rolls-Royce Engines Worth $300 Millon for Airbus A380 Aircraft

Rolls-Royce will provide ANA Group with Trent 900 engines, worth $300 million, for three new Airbus A380 aircraft.

The decision reinforces the Trent 900’s position as the engine of choice on the A380. It has been selected by the majority of A380 customers and has more than 50 percent market share. The selection of the Trent 900 further strengthens the relationship between Rolls-Royce and ANA Group. Rolls-Royce is currently providing Trent 1000 engines for all of ANA’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, director, Customers and Services – Civil Aerospace, said, “ANA Group is an extremely respected and valued customer and we are honored that they have chosen us again to power their new airplane. The Trent 900 is the clear engine of choice on the A380 and we look forward to seeing the A380 and Trent 900 flying with ANA Group.”

The Trent 900 powered the first commercial A380 flight in 2007 and is now used by eight operators and has accumulated 5.5 million in-service flight hours. The engine offers the lowest lifetime fuel burn; with the latest version including technology developed for the Trent XWB and Trent 1000 engines.

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Bell Helicopter

FORT WORTH, Texas — Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced that Tom L. Wood, Bell Helicopter’s chief technologist, has been awarded the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International’s 2016 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship.

The annual Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship is given to an individual who reflects the highest ideals, goals and achievements in the field of helicopter and V/STOL aircraft engineering and development. Wood’s Nikolsky Lecture will be widely disseminated and accompanied by an archival technical article to document and preserve his seminal work.

“Tom Wood’s enduring contributions to advancing vertical flight make him the perfect choice for the honorary lectureship,” said Dr. Cathy Kilmain, Bell Helicopter’s EVP of engineering. “His endless dedication and incredible insights have advanced the capabilities of many programs at Bell Helicopter and across the rotorcraft industry in general. Allowing Tom to share his perspective and experience with the technical community will ensure that Tom’s expansive knowledge will continue to contribute for generations to come.”

Wood has had an extensive 50-year career a Bell Helicopter where he has been a key figure in many major development programs, has contributed numerous and significant innovations to the field and has mentored at least two generations of rotary-wing engineers. In his current position, Wood advises the executive leadership team on technical issues, oversees the senior technical fellow organization and the company’s research and innovation group. All his efforts are closely linked to Bell Helicopter’s military and commercial product line.

“I am truly honored to be recognized and look forward to presenting the 36th Annual AHS Nikolsky Lecture,” said Wood. “Looking back on my half-century at Bell Helicopter, I’m pleased to have the opportunity to provide my view on some of technologies that have transformed the world of vertical flight.”

Wood’s technical involvement in programmatic roles includes a recent position as technical director for the Bell- Boeing JMR Configuration Trade Analysis contract with the U.S. Army. Additionally, in 2012 he was appointed as a member of the Aeronautics Committee of the NASA Advisory Council and was reappointed in 2014.

Among his awards are the AHS’s Howard Hughes Award in 1984, Paul E. Haueter Award in 2005, AHS Technical Fellow Award in 2010, Dr. Alexander Klemin Award in 2011, and AHS Honorary Fellow Award in 2015. Additionally, he has published an award-winning study on the loss of tail rotor effectiveness.

Previous Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship awardees include Bart Kelley, Alfred Gessow, Bob Loewy, Ken Grina, Troy Gaffey, Dave Peters, Ken Rosen and Wayne Johnson.

Wood will be presented the award the 72nd Annual Forum & Technology Display in West Palm Beach, Florida on May 17, 2016. At the event, he will also present his lecture for the first time.

About Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industryleading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell’s global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

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MD Helicopters to Supply New MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence

Malaysian Army Aviation to Launch Customer for MDHI’s Next-Generation Light Scout Attack Helicopter

MESA, Ariz. — MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce that it succeeded in its bid to supply six MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defense. MDHI will deliver the launch helicopters to Malaysian Army Aviation (Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat; PUTD) beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the full fleet to deliver by the end of the first quarter of 2017.

With this installation, MD Helicopters becomes the only rotorcraft original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to introduce and field two new Scout Attack Helicopter Programs, each within 12 months from award.

“Our legacy is firmly rooted in service of the warfighter; delivering fast, agile, highly capable scout attack helicopters for the protection of the United States and our partner nations,” said Lynn Tilton, CEO for MD Helicopters. “Perfectly suited for Malaysia’s operational environment, we are honored that the MD 530G — our next generation light scout attack helicopter — was selected by the Malaysian Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and the Chief Defence Force to be the newest addition to the Malaysian Armed Forces.”

MD 530G Development

As the latest in a lineage that spans more than 50 years of industry-leading scout attack helicopter evolution, the MD 530G light scout attack helicopter made its debut flight in 2013. With a top speed in excess of 130kts, the MD 530G is designed for agile deployment with any rotary- wing unit. The aircraft features increased capacity landing gear to support the 3,750 max gross takeoff weight; allowing increased useful load for additional range, endurance, and weapons.

Successful live-fire testing of the MD 530G took place in mid-2014. The result of considerable internal investment and strategic Industry partnerships, the aircraft — configured to include advanced avionics, an integrated on-board stores management system, forward looking infrared sensor, guided and unguided rockets, and inboard .50-caliber machine guns — demonstrated extreme firepower and bold performance capabilities, reinforcing the versatility, reliability and combat utility of MD Helicopters’ scout attack helicopter offering.

The Malaysian Army’s fleet of MD 530G helicopters will include a custom weapons package, advanced communications capabilities, and state-of-the-art EO/IR to detect, identify and engage a wide range of threats.

Capability and Sustainability

In addition to delivering the enhanced aerial fires capability and mission flexibility required by the Malaysian Army, MD Helicopters is committed to advancing indigenous capabilities regarding long-term service, support and effective operation of the fleet. MDHI will work with Bumiputra partners in all phases of the program, from defining requirements to a comprehensive CLS package that includes initial entry, transition and combat pilot training, maintenance training for both the airframe and mission equipment, and the development of a spare parts program with dedicated and ongoing OEM support.

It is anticipated that the MD 530G will be deployed to perform attack, ISR and security missions in support of the Malaysian Army’s operations in the Eastern Sabah Security Command.

“We are extremely proud that our innovative aircraft will play an integral role in the PUTD’s mission to be a critical force multiplier for the Malaysian Army,” Tilton concludes. “We are confident our record of early delivery will continue with this contract and will allow the Malaysian Army to achieve significant operational successes in early 2017.”

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