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Moving into 2017, MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) is continuing the development of its civilian MD 969 and military MD 6XX helicopters.


The MD 969 is a twin-engine aircraft with an all-glass cockpit, improved NOTAR performance, and upgraded interior features. An upgraded/modernized version of the MD 902, the MD 969 achieved its first flight in April 2016. “The MD 969, like the MD 900/902, will be a preferred aircraft for EMS/air medical, search and rescue, law enforcement, and VIP/VVIP markets,” said MDHI CEO Lynn Tilton.


The single-engine MD 6XX will feature the RR C47E engine, newly designed high- performance rotor blades, improved maximum speed, and extended range over existing MDHI military helicopters. It will also offer a MGTOW of 5,500 lbs.


“The MD 6XX will be the foundation airframe for our next generation of light scout attack helicopters. With a higher MGTOW, improved speed, and a larger cabin, we also expect the MD 6XX to become the premier airframe for SWAT, special forces, and urban police aviation units,” said Tilton.


Both the MD 969 and MD 6XX are meeting internal development timelines and are expected to enter into the market over the next 18 to 24 months. While these helicopters are under development, MDHI is making improvement to its current stable of light twin- and single-engine helicopters in both the civilian and military sectors. “Following the twin-engine cockpit upgrade, all MDHI single-engine platforms are being transitioned to offer full glass cockpits as standard features,” said Tilton. “The MD 600N, in addition to the upgraded cockpit, now also offers both upgraded EMS and VIP interiors, and all MD 530F models purchased in 2017 and beyond will feature a maximum gross takeoff weight increase to 3,350 lbs.”


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