U.S. Army Contracting Command has awarded a $35.2 million support contract to Airbus Helicopters Inc. to sustain & provide logistics & parts support for U.S. Army‘s UH-72A Lakota helicopters, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) had announced.
The work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas and the estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2017.
Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) UH-72 Lakota is a twin-engine helicopter with a single, four-bladed main rotor. The UH-72 is a militarized version of the Eurocopter EC145 and was built by American Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters, Inc.), a division of Airbus Group, Inc.
Initially marketed as the UH-145, the helicopter was selected as the winner of the United States Army’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program on 30 June 2006. In October 2006, American Eurocopter was awarded a production contract for 345 aircraft to replace ageing UH-1H/V and OH-58A/C helicopters in the US Army and Army National Guard fleets.
The UH-72 is designed to take on a range of missions, from general support and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) to personnel recovery and counter-narcotics operations.