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PARIS, June 18, 2023 – MD Helicopters (MDH) has announced the production of the first three of 12 Cayuse Warrior Plus Scout/Attack helicopters selected by the Nigerian government earlier this year is underway at their facility in Arizona. The aircraft were chosen to support counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations in Nigeria and are scheduled to be delivered over the next two years. MD Helicopters is exhibiting at the Paris Air Show, June 19-22, Hall 3, booth A135.

“It is exciting to see the Nigerian Army aircraft move along our production line,” says MD Helicopters President and CEO Brad Pedersen. “We have also significantly increased our hiring and ramped up our spare parts supply chain to provide best-in-class customer support for not only these aircraft but the entire worldwide fleet. Nigeria’s selection of MD Helicopters is a wonderful win for American-made aircraft and the people of the great state of Arizona.”

The Cayuse Warrior is one of the few single-engine light/attack scout aircraft recently exercised successfully in combat. With more than 60 years of proven combat effectiveness and reliability, the aircraft has a highly demonstrated operational readiness rate and is valued for its unparalleled power, safety, speed, agility, and confined area capabilities. This smaller, lighter, uncomplicated workhorse features the lowest Direct Operating Costs in its class. The ‘Plus’ version features mission enhancements that include the precision weapons system, avionics improvements, and armor for protection of its operators.

About MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, LLC (MDH) manufactures high-performance rotorcraft solutions that support operators flying military, commercial, law enforcement, utility, and VIP mission profiles. With thousands of aircraft in service worldwide, MDH has been designing and building aircraft known for their safety, versatility, responsiveness, speed, and reliability since 1947. Our commitment to product sustainment and customer success allows MDH to deliver aircraft unmatched in their performance and reliability. MD Helicopters, LLC is owned by an investment consortium comprised of MBIA Insurance, Bardin Hill Investment Partners LP, and MB Global Partners. To learn more about MD Helicopters, visit us at, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Ashley Sanchez, Director of Marketing and Communications

MD Helicopters