Airbus Helicopters has won a contract valued at
approximately $273 million to deliver 35 additional UH-72A Lakotas
for the United States Army.
The $273 million contract includes the
UH-72A production aircraft, associated technical and flight
operator manuals and program management.
This procurement is broken into two
configurations: 17 UH-72A Lakotas for the Initial Entry Rotary
Wing mission at Ft. Rucker and 18 UH-72A Lakotas for the
Observer/Controller mission at the Army’s Combat Training Centers.
“We are proud that the U.S. Army has continued
to rely on us to provide this versatile capability for its
aviation fleet. We have an unbroken record of on-cost and
high-quality program excellence and support for this aircraft,”
said Chris Emerson, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters, Inc.
and Head of North American Region.
The UH-72A is a twin-engine
light utility helicopter used for a wide range of military
operations including border patrol, MEDEVAC, troop and VIP
transport, light cargo, Homeland Security.
Airbus builds the Lakota at its Columbus,
Mississippi facility. Since the program inception in 2005, Airbus
has delivered more than 412 Lakotas.
Available in multiple configurations, the UH-72A is a key component of the
Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) and the primary
rotary-wing trainer for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of
Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala.
Lakotas have been employed extensively over the
last few months, responding to wildfires in California, and
Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
A number of states across the country are
partnering with local authorities using the Lakota to assist in
the execution of domestic missions, highlighting the unique
versatility of this aircraft and its ability to perform in joint
governmental and non-governmental agency operations.