AGM114L
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MD/Lockheed Enter LUH Bid

Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:02 pm

Flight International
16-Aug-2005

Lockheed/MDHI team makes surprise light helicopter offer MD Helicopters (MDHI) and Lockheed Martin have combined to offer the MD Explorer for a US Army requirment for 322 aircraft, boosting a rebuilding job for MDHI and expanding Lockheed’s interests in the rotorcraft industry.

The twin-engine Explorer, which features the Notar no-tail-rotor anti-torque system, has emerged as a surprise contender for the army’s highly contested light utility helicopter (LUH) contract, valued at about $1.2 billion.

The teaming came to light only a week after MDHI closed a bail-out deal with New York financial firm Patriarch Partners, which has purchased a controlling interest in the company (Flight International, 9-15 August).

MDHI chief executive Henk Schaeken says the company’s supply chain is already starting to revive and is viewing the LUH competition as a “tremendous opportunity.” Many vendors are resuming production of MDHI aircraft components “even as we speak”, Schaeken adds.

Meanwhile, Owego, New York-based Lockheed Martin Systems Integration continues an aggressive march into the rotorcraft market. The LUH programme’s requirements do not call for a systems integrator, but the Owego unit plans to contribute to the team in other ways.

“We think the MD Explorer and our logistics and support capability is the best offer to the US Army,” says Adam Miller, Lockheed’s LUH programme director.

The Lockheed/MDHI bid is facing competition from the Bell Helicopter 210, and products by AgustaWestland and Eurocopter. Suppliers of UH-1H Huey upgrade kits may also submit bids.
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RE: MD/Lockheed Enter LUH Bid

Tue Aug 23, 2005 1:26 pm

Should be an interesting competition! Any pics of the entries?
 
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RE: MD/Lockheed Enter LUH Bid

Tue Aug 23, 2005 2:14 pm

I couldn't find any pics of the LUH per se but here is the MD Explorer off of MDHI's website...


The LUH program will be primarily used for Homeland Securety missions by National Guard units and serve as a non-combat admin/logistics platform.

I wonder how politics will play out in this with the recent ARH and the Marine upgrade contracts going to Bell.
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RE: MD/Lockheed Enter LUH Bid

Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:58 am

Quoting AGM114L (Reply 2):
I wonder how politics will play out in this with the recent ARH and the Marine upgrade contracts going to Bell.

LM is the nations largest defense contractor, something tells me they are next in line!  

Cool - these are probably very similar to the MD900's the USCG used for development trials with arming an M240 on them for the high-speed drug runners. Those guys were practicing in my hangar a few shops down at MCAS New River back in 1998-1999, it looked like a pretty sweet helo.



For whatever reason they decided to replace those helos with what they now call the MH-68. I sort of find that somewhat interesting since I heard they were having some trouble with the drivetrains on those birds.





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RE: MD/Lockheed Enter LUH Bid

Thu Aug 25, 2005 7:02 am

Quoting AirRyan (Reply 3):
For whatever reason they decided to replace those helos with what they now call the MH-68. I sort of find that somewhat interesting since I heard they were having some trouble with the drivetrains on those birds.

Isnt the MH-68 just a derivative of the agusta A-109 power? Ive heard nothing but praise for the 109, especially around Heli Expo last february. Is this something unique to the coast guard or more wide spread to other a109 opperators?
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