MD Helicopters was awarded a nearly $1.4 billion contract for the procurement of an estimated 150 MD 530F Close Air Attack Helicopter by the goverment of Afghanistan.
The contract includes required production support services to include program management, delivery support, pilot training and maintenance, the US department of defense said in a statement Tuesday.
One bid was solicited, with one bid received. Work is estimated to be completed by Aug. 31, 2022.
According to MD Helicopters, the Armed MD 530F Light Scout Attack Helicopter delivers increased operational capabilities, greater mission versatility and superior performance in the execution of a broad range of mission profiles. It is known for speed, safety, agility and the ability to operate with ease in confined spaces.
A US Senator has accused a UK-based sub-contractor of misusing funds meant for training intelligence officers in Afghanistan by spending on luxury vehicles and six-figure salaries to employees' 'significant others.' Senator Claire McCaskill on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee blew the whistle on a federal contract following an audit that left taxpayers on the hook for over $50 million in questionable costs, including seven luxury vehicles and $400,000 average salaries for 'significant others' of corporate officers to serve as “executive assistants
Afghanistan has been requested India to launch a special satellite exclusively for Kabuls use, following the launch of South Asian Satellite by New Delhi three months ago. The Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications and Technology recently made the request to the Indian government, officials in the Afghan government said
Researchers from US Defence Department are planning to test new ways to counter the probable drone threats in future due to rising unmanned aircraft systems around the world, at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The Air Force's 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron here teamed up with a researcher from the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to teach airmen how to pilot drones and use them to train coalition forces on how to react to them on the battlefield, the US Air Force announced last week
Afghanistans former President Hamid Karzai has accused the US of using Afghanistan as "a testing ground for new and dangerous weapons”, after Washington dropped the most powerful non-nulcear bomb in Achin district killing 94 Islamic State (IS) fighters Friday. The US used a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the "mother of all bombs" as part of its operations in Afghanistan that killed at least 94 Islamic State fighters, CNN reported Saturday
US military has plans to replace Afghanistan's old fleet of Russian helicopters with American-made aircraft UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, according to a new budget proposal. This move is aimed at reducing the Afghan air force's decades-long reliance on Russian equipment,
India is likely to hold talks to provide military assistance to Afghanistan in terms of long term spares and support with the help of Russia. Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely hold discussion, involving trilateral framework with Russia during sixth Heart of Asia (HoA) ministerial conference in Amritsar later this week
Orbital ATK has won $86 million worth contract to fulfill requirements for the Afghanistan air force's AC-208 armed intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. “Orbital ATK, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded an $86,402,055 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized contract action for the Afghanistan Air Force AC-208 armed intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft requirement,” the Department of Defense announced Thursday
Lebanon will get six MD 530G light attack helicopters, six Scan Eagle drones and communication and night vision equipment under a United States government $120 million aid program. The aid is intended to boost border security and counter-terrorism work, the US ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard said on Wednesday after she met Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, local media reported
Six Afghan Air Force members became the first ever AAF UH-60 Black Hawk pilots, after graduation from Aircraft Qualification Training during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Maj
The US expects to replace Afghanistan Air Force's fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters with Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawks, the first two of which were received by the Afghan Air Force in a ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday. Afghanistan plans to acquire more than 100 UH-60 Black Hawks in the coming years
Pakistan has offered to train Afghan security forces in its war against terrorism. The Pakistani Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa offered support to Afghanistan to train its security forces during his visit to the country
The first two Afghan Air Force UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters meant to replace Mi-17s have arrived at Kandahar airfield. The helicopters are the first to be delivered to the AAF are part of the plan to modernize and expand the AAF
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