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US Army orders additional Lakotas

13th March 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Helicopters has received a contract to deliver 35 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the US Army, the company announced on 9 March.

The contract is worth $273 million and includes the UH-72A production aircraft, associated technical and flight operator manuals and programme management.

The helicopters will be delivered in two configurations: the initial entry rotary wing mission at Fort Rucker, which will receive 17 aircraft, and 18 aircraft for the observer and controller mission at the army’s combat training centres.

Available in multiple configurations, the UH-72A is a key component of the US Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative and the primary rotary-wing trainer for the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Chris Emerson, president and CEO of Airbus Helicopters and head of North American Region, said: ‘We are proud that the US 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 programme excellence and support for this aircraft.’

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