Airbus Helicopters is awarded a $37.7 million firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide support for UH-72 Lakota helicopters operated by the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School (USNTPS).
According to the contract announced by Pentagon, Airbus will provide performance-based logistics support to include ground and repair maintenance of five UH-72 aircraft, sustaining engineering required to maintain UH-72 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, the incorporation of USNTPS specific modifications, and the support to provide ground and flight training for the UH-72/EC-145 aircraft.
Work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland, and is expected to be completed in January 2025. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota
The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) UH-72 Lakota is a twin-engine light utility helicopter with a single, four-bladed main rotor. It a militarized version of the Eurocopter EC145 helicopter and was built by American Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters, Inc.), a division of Airbus Group, Inc.
The helicopter is operated primarily by the U.S. Army. The U.S. Navy version is utilized by the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) to train students in rotary-wing flying characteristics and test procedures.
The UH-72 incorporates many of the latest rotary aircraft features, including advanced integrated avionics and a rigid rotor system. The UH-72 program’s objective is to develop and train the test pilots of the future in order to perform acquisition and developmental testing of Naval aircraft to meet the operational needs of today’s and future warfighters.
Specifications (USNTPS UH-72)
• Primary Function: Training helicopter for U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
• Date Deployed: 2009.
• Propulsion: (2) Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshaft engines, 738 shp each (551 kilograms).
• Length: 42 feet, 7 inches (13.03 meters).
• Rotor Diameter: 36.1 feet.
• Height: 11 feet, 9 inches (3.45 meters).
• Weight: Max. gross, take-off: 7,903 lbs.
• Airspeed: Max. 145 knots (167 mph).
• Ceiling: 18,000 feet (5,791 meters).
• Range: 370 nm (426 miles, 685 km).
• Crew: Two.
• Prime Contractor: Airbus