The United States Army has awarded two contracts to Airbus Helicopters, Inc. to deliver a total of 51 UH-72A Lakotas, on which Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA supplies critical avionics systems.
The awards came in two contracts with the initial award for 35 UH-72A Lakotas and a contract modification to deliver an additional 16 shipsets. With these contract awards, Safran continues its long partnership with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and its commitment to support the U.S. Army.
There have been more than 423 Lakotas delivered with the Safran supplied avionics package consisting of the autopilot system, the Attitude & Heading Reference System (AHRS) and a data acquisition unit since the program began in 2005.
“We are proud to be a part of the Lakota program 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,” said Trice Smith, President and CEO of Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA, LLC.
The UH-72A is a twin-engine utility helicopter used for a wide range of military operations including troop and light cargo transport, MEDEVAC, VIP transport, border security, and Homeland Defense.
Airbus has delivered more than 423 UH-72A Lakota aircraft from its facilities in Columbus, MS, since the award of the first contract in 2005. The new contract enhances the Lakota fleet and its training mission. With additional aircraft in the fleet, Lakota operators have more capability to conduct and support disaster relief and counter-drug operations in support of civil agencies or national emergencies.
Available in multiple configurations, the UH 72A Lakota is the lowest cost to buy, own and operate of any U.S. military helicopter in production. The Lakota is a key component of the Army’s Aviation Restructuring Initiative (ARI) and the primary rotary-wing trainer for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Ala.
The UH 72A Lakota is fielded in and out of the Continental United States in several different configurations, performing a number of essential missions for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and the National Guard.