Airbus wins US Army contract to deliver 35 UH-72A Lakota aircraft

14 March 2018 (Last Updated July 23rd, 2020 12:19)

Airbus Helicopters has secured a $273m contract to supply 35 additional UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters to the US Army.

Airbus wins US Army contract to deliver 35 UH-72A Lakota aircraft
A UH-72A Lakota helicopter. Credit: © Copyright 2015 Airbus Group Inc.

Airbus Helicopters has secured a $273m contract to supply 35 additional UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters to the US Army.

Under the deal, the company will be responsible for providing the UH-72A production aircraft, associated technical and flight operator manuals, and programme management.

Of the 35 UH-72A Lakota helicopters, 17 will be delivered for the Initial Entry Rotary Wing mission at Fort Rucker, Alabama, US. The remaining 18 will be provided for the Observer / Controller mission at the US Army’s combat training centres.

“Developed in multiple configurations, the helicopter is equipped with a modern digital glass cockpit, flight controls, and advanced navigation systems.”

Airbus Helicopters president and CEO and North American Region head Chris Emerson 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.”

The UH-72A Lakota is a twin-engine light utility helicopter that can be deployed to carry out a range of military operations, such as border patrol, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), troop and VIP transport, light cargo and homeland security.

Developed in multiple configurations, the helicopter is equipped with a modern digital glass cockpit, flight controls, and advanced navigation systems.

The aircraft is a major component of the US Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) and the primary rotary-wing trainer for the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama.

The UH-72A aircraft is constructed at the Airbus Helicopters facility in Columbus, Mississippi, US.

In October last year, the company delivered the 400th UH-72A Lakota helicopter to the US Army.