Safran to supply avionics systems for US Army’s UH-72A Lakotas

4 April 2018 (Last Updated April 4th, 2018 12:02)

Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA is set to supply critical avionics systems for the US Army’s UH-72A Lakotas.

Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA is set to supply critical avionics systems for the US Army’s UH-72A Lakotas.

As part of contracts awarded to Airbus Helicopters last month, the company will deliver the avionics package for a total of 51 Lakotas.

The Safran supplied avionics package comprises of the autopilot system, the Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), and a data acquisition unit.

The AHRS is designed to offer high-precision, autonomous navigation capacities for crews operating in rough conditions.

“The Lakotas will also be used to carry out disaster relief and counter-drug operations in support of civil agencies or national emergencies.”

Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA president and CEO Trice Smith said: “We are proud to be a part of the Lakota programme and to partner with Airbus Helicopters to deliver on-cost and high-quality avionics equipment.

“This is a great achievement for our customer and our supply chain partners.”

Since the award of the first contract in 2005, more than 423 Lakotas have been equipped with the Safran avionics equipment.

The company registered sales of €16.5bn in 2017. It provides optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software for both civil and defence applications.

The twin-engine utility helicopter is deployed in several military operations, including troop and light cargo transport, MEDEVAC, VIP transport, border security, and homeland defence.

The Lakotas will also be used to carry out disaster relief and counter-drug operations in support of civil agencies or national emergencies.