Helicopters America orders 36 UH-72A
The US American Army has ordered 35 additional UH-72A Lakotas. The deal is valued at approximately $273 million, according to current list prices.
Airbus Helicopters has announced, that the U.S. Army will use 17 UH-72A Lakotas for the Initial Entry Rotary Wing mission at Ft. Rucker. The remaining 18 UH-72A Lakotas will be used for the Observer/Controller mission at the Army’s Combat Training Centers.
For the U.S. Army, the UH-72A is crucial for Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) and is the favoured rotary-wing trainer for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
“We are proud that the U.S. 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 program excellence and support for this aircraft,” said Chris Emerson, President and CEO of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Head of North American Region.
The UH-72A is a twin-engine utility helicopter. It is being used for operations like border patrol. MEDEVAC, troop and VIP transport, light cargo and homeland security missions. The aircraft will be built at an Airbus´ facility in Columbus, Mississippi. Since the Lakotas-programme was started in 2005, Airbus has delivered more than 412 aircraft.
During recent months, Lakotas have been used to fight against wildfires in California and to help during the hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The aircraft is also being used by a number of states in joint governmental and non-governmental agency operations.
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