- Six MD 530G light attack helicopters
- Six ScanEagle UAVs
- Communication, electronic, and night vision equipment
While only few of the Gazelles currently in service can fire guided missiles, the six MD 530G will be capable of doing so thanks to the modern technologies it is equipped with. The MD 530G uses the Moog Weapons Stores Management giving it flexibly and modularity in types of weapons it can be equipped with which range from guns to TALON and Hellfire missiles. The weapons, together with the EO/IR sensor and on-screen targeting display, the platform will provide highly accurate hits.
"These programs are being funded through the Department of Defense’s “Building Partner Capacity” program and are together valued at more than $120 million. The first program will provide the LAF a rotary wing close air support capability through delivery of six new MD 530G light attack helicopters and associated equipment and training, valued at more $94 million. The second program will provide the LAF additional command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities through the delivery of six new Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles and associated equipment and training, valued at more than $11 million. The third program will provide the LAF additional capabilities to employ joint fire support and close air support through the delivery of communications equipment, electronics equipment, night vision devices, and training, valued at more than $16 million.
This article first appeared on LAF Digest (Unofficial)