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The McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems MD 500 Defender is a light multi-role military helicopter based on the MD 500 light utility helicopter and OH-6 Cayuse Light Observation Helicopter.

General characteristics

Crew: 1-2

Capacity: 4-5 passengers

Length: 23 ft 0 in (7.01 m)

Rotor diameter: 26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)

Height: 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)

Disc area: 544.63 ft2 (50.60 m2)

Empty weight: 1,320 lbs (599 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 3,000 lbs (1361 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × One Allison 250-C20B Turboshaft, 420 hp (313 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 160 mph (257 km/h)

Range: 230 miles (370 km)

Service ceiling: 13,800 ft (4,205 m)

Rate of climb: 1,650 ft/min (503 m/min (8.4 m/s))

Armament

four TOW anti-tank missiles, or

two 7.62mm General Electric M134 Miniguns plus ammunition, or

four General Dynamics Stinger air-to-air missile, or

Mk 44 or Mk 46 lightweight torpedoes (ASW Version), or

two seven-shot rocket pods

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