MD Helicopters Inc. and Robertson Fuel Systems hope to develop the next generation of ballistic-tolerant crashworthy fuel systems, MD Helicopters said. The two have signed an agreement to qualify the system for 369FF type-certificated aircraft with a U.S. Army Airworthiness Release.
Having already initiated an internal research and development program for airframe provision in support of the effort, MD said its compliance is ensured with all future FAR 27 certification requirements.
“Our commitment to the continued advancement of our fleet is matched only by our unwavering support of and service to the warfighter,” said Lynn Tilton, MD Helicopters CEO. “369FF type-certified helicopters have long been heralded as among the safest ever manufactured, and have been preferred by U.S. and Allied militaries since the Vietnam Era. With this enhanced qualification, our already proven light scout attack fleet will be further prepared to execute their missions and better able to protect their crew.”