SHAH ALAM: Close to delivery MD530G. It appears that the MD Helicopter MD530G light scout attack helicopters is close to be delivered. I am basing this on two Twitter posts from a Vertical Mag journalist who was given an opportunity to fly on the helicopters in the last couple of days. He also took videos of the flight.
Dan Parsons wrote on Twitter July 27.
His second posting.
Apart for these two postings, a number of pictures of the MD530Gs undergoing test flights and certification are also floating around, likely taken by soldiers and airmen sent to Mesa, Arizona where MD Helicopters are located.
The cockpit of the MD530G displayed at the HAI Heli-Expo. Similar avionics are probably fitted to the Malaysian Army ones. MD Helicopters.
As previously reported here, Defence Minister DS Ismail Sabri said November last year, that the six helicopters are expected to be delivered in June, this year. It is likely that the helicopters will be delivered next month though the exact date is beyond me. Perhaps in time to take part in the Merdeka flypast then?
The MD530G fitted with the FN Herstal rocket machine gun pod and a Gatling. This is a likely weapon configuration for the LSH.
If you want to read more on the MD530G saga go here. There are also a ton of stories in the Malaysian Defence archives since 2016.
— Malaysian Defence