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Malaysia picks MD530G for armed scout helicopters

Malaysia has become the launch customer for the upgraded G-model of the MD Helicopters MD530, with an order for six examples of the armed scout rotorcraft for its army.

Mesa, Arizona-based MD will supply an initial helicopter during the fourth quarter of 2016, with the full fleet to be delivered by the following March.

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First flown in 2013, the MD530G features a higher maximum take-off weight of 3.75t and a top speed of over 130kt (240km/h).

Malaysia’s fleet will include an unspecified weapons package and electro-optical/infrared sensor, says the company.

Previous live-firing tests have trialled guided and unguided rockets, alongside .50cal machine guns.

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