SHAH ALAM: MD530G LSAH Finally Coming Home. Some six years after they were contracted, the Malaysian Army MD Helicopters MD-530G Light Scout Attack Helicopters (LSAH) are finally on their way home. MD Helicopters announced that the army had taken initial acceptance of the six LSAH and it will be in transit for delivery.
The company issued a release on January 13:
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced the initial acceptance of six MD 530G Light Scout Attack helicopters for the Malaysia Ministry of Defense via their agent Halaman Optima/ Destini Prima. The aircraft are now in transit to Malaysia for final acceptance and expected to arrive in-country by the end of the first quarter of 2022. As part of the contract eight pilots and nine mechanics from the 881st Regiment of Malaysia Army Aviation have completed forward arming and refueling point (FARP) operations training in West Texas.
Destini Prima’s Senior Vice President, Ek Sing Nguong, Lt Col RMAF (Retired) said, “We are very pleased to accept the delivery of this outstanding aircraft at MD Helicopters on behalf of the Malaysian Ministry of Defense. It is with great excitement that we are able to take this program to the next stage. We look forward to the equipment’s arrival in Kuala Lumpur to complete the in-country final acceptance training.”
The 530G is the latest in a long line of light attack helicopter configurations based on the Model 500/530 airframe. The 530G for Malaysia continues to raise the bar on performance with the integration of the Wescam L3 MX10D sensor and the Pathfinder Ares Weapons Management System from Tek Fusion. These integrated systems are used to support the Dillion M134 Mini Gun, FN Herstal Heavy Machine Gun and Rocket Machine Gun pods, and 2.75-inch Folding-Fin Aerial Rockets (guided and unguided). The aircraft provides overwhelming close-in support night or day, as well as outstanding reconnaissance capability.
MDHI Vice President of Programs, Duncan Koerbel noted, “The 530G continues to build on the outstanding history of the MDHI light scout attack platform. This aircraft brings the best value and performance in its class. Hands down. It is easy to maintain, incredibly agile, and with over 27,000,000 flight hours, mission ready. MDHI is pleased to be a part of helping the Malaysian government provide land and maritime security.”
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From the release it isn’t clear when the helicopters will be arriving here apart from the rather fuzzy date of the first quarter of 2022. Based on the deliveries to the Lebanon Army, all the six MD530Gs could fit into a single Antonov 124 if they paid for air transport of course. Based on the statement, I am guessing that LSAH will be shipped home hence the rather fuzzy date. Since we have been waiting for them for the last six years or so, I am guessing two or three months are not that long. I could be wrong of course, and the helicopters will duly arrived next week.
It may well be the LSAH will beat the MUH for delivery, just yet.
— Malaysian Defence