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MD Helicopters close to big contractMD Helicopters close to big contract

MD Helicopters (MDH) of Mesa, Ariz., is in the final stages of negotiating a contract with The Boeing Company to collaborate on the production of the Boeing AH-6i light attack and reconnaissance helicopter. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding in mid-2010.

The contract could total 200 aircraft over four years. MDH would build most of the airframe. The AH-6i international helicopter is the latest version of the combat-proven AH-6M helicopter flown by U.S. Army Special Operations forces.

“We look forward to a long-term and mutually beneficial partnership with Boeing to build a state-of-the-art aircraft on American soil, with an American workforce,” said Lynn Tilton, chairman and CEO of MD Helicopters.

MDH’s product line includes MD 500-series helicopters, the MD 600N, and the MD Explorer. The company says its helicopters are known for their speed, strength, and ability to fly “hot and high.”

Alton Marsh

Alton K. Marsh

Freelance journalist
Alton K. Marsh is a former senior editor of AOPA Pilot and is now a freelance journalist specializing in aviation topics.

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