MD Helicopters has signed a contract with the Nigerian federal government to provide 12 MD 530F Cayuse Warrior Plus Scout/Attack helicopters. These helicopters will be utilized by the Nigerian Army Aviation to address security challenges in the country.
This purchase is part of the Nigerian government’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the Nigerian Army Aviation’s capacity to fulfil constitutional responsibilities in a joint environment.
“MD Helicopters is grateful for the trust of the Nigerian government, and we’re excited to showcase this purpose built, best value solution to Nigeria and the world,” says MD Helicopters President and CEO Brad Pedersen, who attended the ceremony alongside Nigerian military leadership.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, expressed at the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Army Aviation Seminar in Abuja that the acquisition of these attack helicopters will enhance the agility, responsiveness, and efficacy of ground troops during operations.
Additionally, it will contribute to the overall operational success of joint and coalition troops. The Cayuse Warrior is a trusted tactical scout and light attack aircraft that is known for its power, safety, speed, agility, and unparalleled confined area capabilities. Equipped with the 650 shp Rolls-Royce 250-C30 engine, the platform operates more effectively in hot, high environments than other helicopters in its class.
The ‘Plus’ version has mission enhancements, including a weapons system, avionics improvements, armour, and increased power performance.
MD Helicopters will start deliveries in the fourth quarter of 2023. The Nigerian selection also includes a complete ILS package, spares, pilot and maintainer training, and a simulator.