New models, new orders and of course, deliveries are what the excitement is all about at Heli-Expo 2014, an annual industry trade show being held this year in Anaheim, Calif. MD Helicopters could celebrate a little of all that this week. Company CEO Lynn Tilton unveiled not just the existence of its new MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter, but that it is flying and on the fast track to completion in the second quarter, with deliveries slated for the third quarter.
The company is now taking orders for the $4- to $5 million single-engine helicopter.
With cruise speeds in excess of 130 knots, the MD 530G features increased capacity landing gear supporting the 3,750-pound max takeoff weight. This allows the operator to use the increased useful load for additional range, endurance and weapons. The aircraft will come with Moog’s weapons system platform integrated on the assembly line to facilitate lightness, according to Tilton.
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