EADS North America awarded $212 million production contract for 39 UH-72A Lakota helicopters

Lakota program remains on budget and schedule as it enters its seventh program year The U.S. Army has awarded EADS North America a $212.7 million contract on January 10 to deliver 39 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) as part of its total acquisition plan. Thirty-two of these Lakotas will be produced in the Army’s Security and Support (S&S) Battalion configuration. EADS North America has already delivered 198 UH-72A Lakotas to the U.S. Army, on time and within budget, along with five H-72A versions to the U.S. Navy for test pilot training.

17th Jan 2012


EADS North America awarded $212 million production contract for 39
UH-72A Lakota helicopters

Lakota program remains on budget and schedule as it enters its seventh program year

The U.S. Army has awarded EADS North America a $212.7 million contract on January 10 to deliver 39 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility
Helicopters (LUH) as part of its total acquisition plan. Thirty-two of these Lakotas will be
produced in the Army’s Security and Support (S&S) Battalion configuration. EADS North
America has already delivered 198 UH-72A Lakotas to the U.S. Army, on time and
within budget, along with five H-72A versions to the U.S. Navy for test pilot training.

―We’re extremely proud of our track record of on time and on budget deliveries of the
UH-72A Lakota to the U.S. Army, Navy and Army National Guard,‖ said Sean O’Keefe,
EADS North America CEO. ―The successful execution of this critical program is a result
of the strong partnership we’ve built with the Department of Defense over the past
seven years. The S&S Battalion-equipped Lakotas further demonstrate this modern
platform’s flexibility for growth to support an even broader range of demanding
missions.‖

The Lakotas equipped with the S&S Battalion Mission Equipment Package (MEP) will
be operated by Army National Guard units across the country. The S&S Battalion MEP,
integrated by American Eurocopter, will expand the capabilities of the Army’s UH-72A
Lakota Light Utility Helicopters, and reflects the platform’s adaptability for an increasing
number of missions. The current total program of record calls for 345 UH-72A Lakotas
to be delivered to the Army and Army National Guard through 2015, along with five
already delivered to the U.S. Navy.

Lakota helicopters in the S&S Battalion configuration enable Army National Guard units
to seamlessly support state and local law enforcement and federal homeland security
agencies in responding to natural disasters, law enforcement and border security
operations.

The S&S MEP contains a centerline electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensor, a 30 million
candle power search light, analog/digital video downlink, rear observer’s console with a
15-inch display, an enhanced tactical communications suite, an onboard digital video
recorder, 10.4-inch auxiliary displays for the pilot and co-pilot, and a video management
system.

 

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