Afghan Air Force MD-530F Cayuse Warrior helicopter fires its two .50-caliber machine guns during a media demonstration, April 9, 2015, at a training range outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force
The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) bought six MD-530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters built by MD Helicopters, the company said Sept. 27. Deliveries will begin in April 2019 and continue through August.
Thus far, MD Helicopters has 36 orders for the Cayuse Warriors, including the six for the KDF, under a five-year, $1.4 billion light scout helicopter contract the company has with the U.S. Army. Under the terms of the contract, MD Helicopters is to deliver 150 Cayuse Warriors to U.S. partner nations.
“We look forward to delivering these MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Kenya Defence Forces, enhancing their ability to provide close air support and over-watch for ground operations,” Lynn Tilton, chief executive of MD Helicopters, said in a statement. "This aircraft will be an exceptional addition to the KDF fleet. ... It is effective, efficient and a proven performer in combat operations."
The KDF is expected to use the helicopters in its struggle with Al-Shabaab militants.
The Cayuse Warrior features an all-glass cockpit, ballistically tolerant crashworthy fuel system, an FN Herstal Weapons Management System and .50-caliber HMP 400 machine gun pods, the Arnold Defense M260 7-shot rocket pods, a Harris RF-7850A tactical radio and the Rockwell Collins HF-9000D radio.