Unmatched performance, agility and economic value.


As global threats rapidly evolve, the world’s militaries require proven, versatile, and effective combat response solutions. The battlefield-proven TH530/AH530 line of military helicopters delivers an exceptionally agile, powerful, and reliable helicopter with lethally accurate weapons capability.

Designed to quickly expand from a trainer configuration to full weapons systems capabilities, the aircraft features superior speed, agility, and maneuverability, even at high density altitudes, with unmatched confined area performance.

Military Trainer. Military Light Attack Scout. Precision Attack Helicopter.


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A five-blade four-person helicopter with single pilot capability, the AH530 delivers superior performance, high mission versatility, and unmatched maneuverability with low acquisition and direct maintenance costs.

The AH530 has a new, Advanced Integrated Avionics and Weapons System that improves situational awareness and mission effectiveness. Developed by MD’s own highly experienced ex-military pilots and the industries’ leading weapon systems manufacturers, this easily reconfigurable system drastically reduces the change-out time required to swap between mission requirements.

TH530 Trainer

Train in the same aircraft you fight in.

The TH530 is the training version of the AH530 line. Ideal for training and performing pilot recurrency, the helicopter comes fully equipped with military interior and a Garmin glass cockpit for direct transfer of skills to the AH530.

The aircraft is also equipped with all provisions and bolts to upgrade to either of the AH530 models.

Commercial MD 530F Aircraft Equipment Plus:

  • Ballistics Tolerant Crashworthy Fuel System (BTCWFS)
  • Heavy Landing Gear
  • Military Cyclic with Rocket Thumb Switch
  • Power Fix
  • Mission Configurable Armament System (MCAS) Structural A-Kit
  • EO/IR Nose Mount Provisions
  • Military Interior
  • Weight On Ground (WOG) Switch
  • Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)
  • GTX 345 Transponder
  • Right-Hand Command
  • Dual Start Capability
  • 2 Northern Airborne Technology N301 Audio Control Panels
  • Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS)
  • Plank optional on trainer aircraft
  • Aircraft provisioned for expandability into AH530 or AH530 Block II

AH530 Light Attack Scout

Full weapon systems with unguided rockets.

The AH530 light attack scout is delivered mission ready with full weapons systems installed. Transportable in the C-17 Globemaster, the aircraft can go from arrival in country to 100% lethal in as little as 24 hours.

The Integrated Avionics and Weapons System integrates a commercial Garmin and Howell avionics and weapons systems components made by Moog, L3H, Curtiss Wright and others allowing for unguided rockets.

All TH530 equipment plus:

  • Multi Band Tactical Radios
  • L3H Wescam MX-10S
  • Integrated Moog Weapon Stores Management System (SMS), Non-laser guided rockets
    • 2, 3, or 4 Station System Integrated Weapons Management System (WMS)
    • 2, 3, or 4 Gun Rocket Units (GRUs)
    • 1 Weapon Control Panel (WCP)
  • 4-Station Mission Configurable Aircraft System (MCAS) B-Kit
  • Rounds Status Display
  • Provisions for 4 Firing Stations
  • Weapons Override Switch
  • Options for NVG, Avionics Upgrade, & Comfort Packages
  • 2, 10-inch Macro Blue Monitors
  • Cockpit armor
  • M4 Mounts


Precision guided.

The AH530 Block II upgrades to precision weapons capability for increased lethality and deliverability. Advanced fuselage additions in this model facilitate precision targeting and payload delivery accuracy.

The Block II features our Advanced Integrated Avionics and Weapons System supporting multiple weapons options.

All AH530 Light Attack Scout equipment plus:

  • L3H Wescam MX-10D, Airborne Targeting and Designating System
  • Curtiss Wright Mission Computer with L3H ForceX WIDOW Mission Management System (MMS)
  • Advanced Integrated Moog Weapon Stores Management System (SMS)
    • 2, 3, or 4 Gun Rocket Units (GRU)
    • E-SIU replaced GRU for Hellfire Configured Stations
    • 1 Weapon Control Panel (WCP)
    • 1 Enhanced – Stores Management Computer (E-SMC)
    • 1 Laser Arm Panel (LAP)
  • Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System (APKWS)*
  • Optional Hellfire Air-to-Ground Missile System**
  • Aircraft Recording System (Cockpit Voice, Radio Calls, & Video)
  • Advanced Design Door Fairing
  • 2, 10-inch Macro Blue Foldable Tactical Screens for the MX-10D Sensor

    * Subject to US licensing and export approval
    ** Subject to qualifications. 

Hydraulic-free design eliminates risk of hydraulic failure, reduces flight control forces, lowers operating costs, and increases aircraft availability.


For more than a decade, the AH530 line has proven its exceptional value in the battlefield, consistently maintaining a 90% operational readiness, based on environment. Its exceptional versatility allows a modest fleet to support a wide range of missions, from training, attack, and scout to escort, interdiction, and surveillance. Now the aircraft is available in a rapidly configurable design allowing for expansion from a training helicopter to a light attack scout and heavily armed precision weapons platform.


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The AH530 is a five-blade, single-engine, four-passenger, single-pilot capable, multi-purpose aircraft specifically designed to deliver increased operational capabilities, greater mission versatility, and superior performance.