EADS North America awarded $212 million production contract for 39 UH-72A Lakota helicopters

Lako­ta pro­gram remains on bud­get and sched­ule as it enters its sev­enth pro­gram year
Hern­don, Vir­ginia and Huntsville, Alaba­ma — The U.S. Army has award­ed EADS North Amer­i­ca a $212.7 mil­lion con­tract to deliv­er 39 UH-72A Lako­ta Light Util­i­ty Heli­copters (LUH) as part of its total acqui­si­tion plan. Thir­ty-two of these Lako­tas will be pro­duced in the Army’s Secu­ri­ty and Sup­port (S&S) Bat­tal­ion con­fig­u­ra­tion. EADS North Amer­i­ca has already deliv­ered 198 UH-72A Lako­tas to the U.S. Army, on time and with­in bud­get, along with five H‑72A ver­sions to the U.S. Navy for test pilot train­ing.

“We’re extreme­ly proud of our track record of on time and on bud­get deliv­er­ies of the UH-72A Lako­ta to the U.S. Army, Navy and Army Nation­al Guard,” said Sean O’Keefe, EADS North Amer­i­ca CEO. “The suc­cess­ful exe­cu­tion of this crit­i­cal pro­gram is a result of the strong part­ner­ship we’ve built with the Depart­ment of Defense over the past sev­en years. The S&S Bat­tal­ion-equipped Lako­tas fur­ther demon­strate this mod­ern platform’s flex­i­bil­i­ty for growth to sup­port an even broad­er range of demand­ing mis­sions.”

The Lako­tas equipped with the S&S Bat­tal­ion Mis­sion Equip­ment Pack­age (MEP) will be oper­at­ed by Army Nation­al Guard units across the coun­try. The S&S Bat­tal­ion MEP, inte­grat­ed by Amer­i­can Euro­copter, will expand the capa­bil­i­ties of the Army’s UH-72A Lako­ta Light Util­i­ty Heli­copters, and reflects the platform’s adapt­abil­i­ty for an increas­ing num­ber of mis­sions. The cur­rent total pro­gram of record calls for 345 UH-72A Lako­tas to be deliv­ered to the Army and Army Nation­al Guard through 2015, along with five already deliv­ered to the U.S. Navy.

Lako­ta heli­copters in the S&S Bat­tal­ion con­fig­u­ra­tion enable Army Nation­al Guard units to seam­less­ly sup­port state and local law enforce­ment and fed­er­al home­land secu­ri­ty agen­cies in respond­ing to nat­ur­al dis­as­ters, law enforce­ment and bor­der secu­ri­ty oper­a­tions.

The UH-72A Lako­ta is man­u­fac­tured at EADS North America’s Amer­i­can Euro­copter facil­i­ty in Colum­bus, Miss. The S&S Bat­tal­ion MEP was inte­grat­ed and test­ed at Amer­i­can Eurocopter’s Grand Prairie, Texas facil­i­ty.

The S&S MEP con­tains a cen­ter­line elec­tro-opti­cal infrared (EO/IR) sen­sor, a 30 mil­lion can­dle pow­er search light, analog/digital video down­link, rear observer’s con­sole with a 15-inch dis­play, an enhanced tac­ti­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions suite, an onboard dig­i­tal video recorder, 10.4‑inch aux­il­iary dis­plays for the pilot and co-pilot, and a video man­age­ment sys­tem.

The UH-72A is a Defense Acqui­si­tion Cat­e­go­ry (ACAT) I major defense acqui­si­tion pro­gram for the U.S. Defense Depart­ment, and it marked one of the most rapid intro­duc­tions of a new air­craft in the U.S. Army’s his­to­ry. Deliv­er­ies of the air­craft to Nation­al Guard units allow aging OH-58 and UH‑1 rotary-wing air­craft to be retired, while UH-72As assigned to the active com­po­nent of the U.S. Army replace UH-60 Black Hawks.

About Amer­i­can Euro­copter
Amer­i­can Euro­copter is a heli­copter man­u­fac­tur­er that pro­duces, mar­kets, sells and sup­ports the broad­est range of civ­il and para-pub­lic heli­copters offered by any man­u­fac­tur­er in the Unit­ed States. The com­pa­ny is a sub­sidiary of EADS North Amer­i­ca Hold­ings, the North Amer­i­can oper­a­tions of EADS, a glob­al leader in aero­space, defense and relat­ed ser­vices, and is an affil­i­ate of Euro­copter, the largest heli­copter man­u­fac­tur­er in the world. Amer­i­can Eurocopter’s prod­uct line rep­re­sents the most cost-effec­tive, tech­no­log­i­cal­ly-advanced heli­copters, rang­ing from light sin­gle to heavy twin, serv­ing all mar­kets and mis­sions. Com­pa­ny head­quar­ters and main facil­i­ties are locat­ed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a large man­u­fac­tur­ing and pro­duc­tion facil­i­ty in Colum­bus, Miss., that pro­duces the UH-72A for the U.S. Army’s Light Util­i­ty Heli­copter pro­gram.

About EADS North Amer­i­ca
EADS North Amer­i­ca is the North Amer­i­can oper­a­tion of EADS, a glob­al leader in aero­space, defense and relat­ed ser­vices. As a leader in all sec­tors of defense and home­land secu­ri­ty, EADS North Amer­i­ca and its par­ent com­pa­ny, EADS, con­tribute over $11 bil­lion to the U.S. econ­o­my annu­al­ly and sup­port more than 200,000 Amer­i­can jobs through its net­work of sup­pli­ers and ser­vices. Oper­at­ing in 17 states, EADS North Amer­i­ca offers a broad array of advanced solu­tions to its cus­tomers in the com­mer­cial, home­land secu­ri­ty, aero­space and defense mar­kets.

About EADS
EADS is a glob­al leader in aero­space, defense and relat­ed ser­vices. In 2010, the Group — com­pris­ing Air­bus, Astri­um, Cas­sid­i­an and Euro­copter – gen­er­at­ed rev­enues of € 45.8 bil­lion and employed a work­force of near­ly 122,000.

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