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Airbus continues US Army UH-72A support

23rd December 2016 - 14:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Helicopters will support the US Army's UH-72A Lakota fleet of utility and training helicopters under a Contractor Logistics Support contract announced on 21 December. The contract includes a base year and four one-year options, with a potential five-year value of more than $967 million.

The new agreement, which includes spares, material and engineering support, is a follow-on contract to ten years of CLS support by Airbus Helicopters.

The company will provide the support at army and National Guard bases in 43 states as well as in Kwajalein, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.

The army's UH-72As are in use in support of missions including training, air medical transport, and search and rescue, with Army National Guard units flying Lakotas in support of customs and border protection operations on the Southwestern border. The contract includes support for Lakotas in use with the Naval Test Pilot School and the Royal Thai Army.

Airbus Helicopters president Chris Emerson, said: 'This contract shows that the people of Airbus Helicopters have proven that we can and will meet our commitments to provide high-quality helicopters and outstanding support to the men and women that serve our country in the US Army.

'For a decade we have continuously delivered helicopters, spare parts, and other support to the army on time and on budget. We will continue to meet the army's requirements.'

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