Airbus has won a $220.5 million contract from the US army for procurement of more 41 UH-72A Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios.
The Congress approved $401.6 million overall to procure additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters in the FY2015 omnibus appropriations bill, which was signed into law on Dec. 16, 2014.
“The Lakota helicopters have proven to be effective and affordable aircraft for the Army and the highly capable workforce in the Golden Triangle Region contributes to the success of this procurement program,” U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee said.
All work on the new helicopter order will be performed at the Airbus facility in Columbus, with an estimated July 2017 completion date.
UH-72A Lakota helicopters are considered cost-effective programs in the military. In addition to being used for military missions, these helicopters are used to support disaster response, border protection and pilot training.