MESA, Ariz., 20 Oct. 2005. MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) today announced the creation of a Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) team that will enhance the company's bid for the U.S. Army's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program.
With MDHI as the prime contractor, the team includes:
* DynCorp International,
* Aviation Systems of Northwest Florida, and
* GENCO Infrastructure Solutions (GIS).
The team will provide both the aircraft and contractor logistical support and training throughout the life of the program. MDHI is proposing its MD Explorer light utility helicopter for the U.S. Army's 352 aircraft LUH program. The proposal will be delivered to the Army on Oct. 20.
"MD Helicopters, along with its contractors of choice, presents a strong, viable LUH team supported by the capabilities of a world-class CLS contractor," said Lynn Tilton, chairman of the board of directors of MDHI. "We believe that our MD Explorer is the archetype of the modern technology, performance and the total cost attributes that will comply fully with the Army's economic goals for all its future Light Utility missions."
DynCorp International will provide the management and field service maintenance personnel for the Army's TDA sites and contractor field teams for Army National Guard sites as needed. The company has more than 14,000 employees deployed worldwide.
DynCorp International is a leading professional services and project- management firm serving governments, corporations, and international organizations worldwide. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, it has more than 14,000 employees in some 35 countries. It has its origins in 1946 with the founding of Land-Air, Inc., a company subsequently known as Dynalectron Corp. and later as DynCorp. It had revenues of nearly $2 billion in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2005. For more information, see www.dyn-intl.com.
GENCO, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a 107-year old provider of supply chain management services for the Department of Defense and many Fortune 500 companies. GENCO will provide the same services for the LUH program through GIS, its wholly owned subsidiary.
GENCO is a recognized leader in supply chain management serving a diverse range of manufacturing, retail and government customers throughout North America, Australia and the United Kingdom. The company provides a complete range of value-added supply chain solutions, including direct logistics, reverse logistics, asset recovery, transportation management, supply chain analysis, parcel management, damage research and infrastructure. For more information, see www.genco.com.
Aviation Systems of Northwest Florida, a woman-owned 8(A) certified organization, will build and supply LUH training devices. Most recently, the company provided cockpit procedural trainers for the AH-64D Longbow Apache.
Aviation Systems of NW Florida, Inc. (ASI) was established in 1994. ASI is a professional services firm with engineers, aircraft maintenance technicians and program management personnel. Their corporate headquarters and production facilities are located in Pensacola, Fla. ASI has a proven record of performance in designing, building and maintaining complex aircraft training systems. For more information, see www.aviationsystems.net.
"The Army, through its LUH proposal, posed a significant challenge to the MDHI team. We have responded with best-in-class partners, a compliant solution and incredible cost-effectiveness and we couldn't be more excited about the result," said Robert Rene, CEO for MDHI.
MD Helicopters is a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters. The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world renowned for their value, versatility and performance. The MD Helicopters family includes the twin- engine MD Explorer, and single engine versions of the MD 600N, MD 520N, MD 500E and MD 530F. The NOTAR system for anti-torque control is the exclusive property of MD Helicopters. The company is based in Mesa, Ariz. For more information, see www.mdhelicopters.com.
Patriarch Partners, LLC is an investment firm in New York and Charlotte, N.C. which together with its affiliates, provides portfolio management services and serves as investment advisor to multiple leveraged funds and a private equity fund. Founded in 2000 by Lynn Tilton, Patriarch provides innovative financial solutions, strategic direction and operational expertise to companies undergoing periods of pervasive change. Patriarch currently monitors credit facilities in respect to approximately $5 billion dollars of assets under its management, including equity positions (majority and minority) in more than 65 companies. Lynn Tilton serves as chairman of the board of MDHI. Funds managed by Patriarch Partners own a majority and controlling interest in MDHI.