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Thailand seeks UH-72A Lakota helicopters

25th June 2013 - 11:40 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The government of Thailand has expressed interest in acquiring the UH-72A Lakota helicopter from the US government at an estimated cost of $77 million. The possible foreign military sale (FMS) of the aircraft would help Thailand fulfil requirements for a new light utility helicopter for rotary-wing transportation.

Thailand has requested six UH-72A helicopters in total. If it goes ahead the FMS will also include spare and repair parts, support equipment, communication equipment, publications and technical documentation, Aviation Mission Planning Station, personnel training and training equipment, US government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.

Thailand is in the process of upgrading and modernising its military forces, and the UH-72A would also enable better interoperability with the US and other allies.

The request was announced to US Congress by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA). If agreed by the US government, the principal contractor will be EADS North America, in Herndon, Virginia. The DSCA said there are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

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