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MD Helicopters Granted GFRC for Production of Military Aircraft

By Brian Garrett-Glaser | April 11, 2019
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As MD Helicopters fulfills a $1.4 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with the Pentagon for at least 150 MD530 rotorcraft destined for the United States’ foreign military partners, the rotorcraft producer has been granted U.S. Army-mandated Ground and Flight Risk Clause (GFRC), which limits contractor liability for loss, damage or destruction of aircraft while operating on a U.S. government contract.

GFRC status is expected to improve efficiency and streamline other certifications, according to Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters.

“While this new level of USG oversight requires investment in both human and capital resources, the enhanced growth of our military sales assures that the effort to implement GFRC-compliant processes will be time and money well spent,” Tilton said.

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“MD Helicopters’ implementation of GFRC regulations strengthens our position as the preferred choice for light armed scout attack helicopter solutions for U.S. and Partner Nation forces,” Tilton added. “I am proud of my team’s efforts to effectively implement and execute the necessary enhancements to our existing FAA Flight Operation Procedures and Ground Operation Procedures, in record time, while continuing to lean forward in research and development efforts, and executing under the tight productions schedules for three current programs on contract under our $1.4 billion IDIQ.”

A February 5 contract modification triggered GRFC, and after the company identified and met the necessary requirements, went into effect on April 5.

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