March 13 (UPI) -- Arizona-based MD Helicopters has debuted a single-engine concept aircraft for the military, law enforcement, emergency medical services and special operations markets.
The MD 6XX, displayed at last week's HAI Heli-Expo Trade Show & Exhibition in Texas, features a number of newly designed structural elements and technologically advanced systems, the company said.
"With the development of the MD 6XX I have assembled some of the industry's most well-respected companies to work directly with me and my internal technology, engineering, and R&D teams to deliver an aircraft that will provide unparalleled value and performance for our operators," Lynn Tilton, chief executive officer at MD Helicopters, said in a press release.
The components and enhancements of the helicopter include all-glass primary displays providing digital, open architecture for aircraft-independent installation; high-definition tactical displays; a mission management system from Tek Fusion Global; S411 main rotor blades by Helicopter Technology Company; and a four-bladed tail rotor for enhanced performance and reduced noise.
The MD 6XX will have a range of 500 nautical miles, an endurance of four-and-a-half hours and a cruise speed of 140 knots, the company said.
"As the design of the MD 6XX is completed, we expected the performance of the all-new helicopter will set the standard for single-engine helicopters for years to come in performance, functionality, and safety," said Mark Johnson, chief technology officer at MD Helicopters.