Air Platforms

US seeks spares to support El Salvadorian MD 500E mission in Mali

05 February 2020

The United States is seeking spare parts to support El Salvadorian MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 500E 'Little Bird' armed overwatch and observation rotorcraft flying in support of the UN mission to Mali.

A request for information (RFI) issued by the US Army on 4 February called for potential sources that are capable of procuring and delivering MD 500E spare parts to the Salvadoran Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Salvadoreña: FAS). The parts will be delivered to an unspecified "interior location within the Republic of Mali", the solicitation said.

The FAS first deployed three MD 500E helicopters to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in 2015, with three more joining in 2018.

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