The US government gave a nod to Airbus Group to continue the contract order for 20 UH-72A Lakota helicopters.
“This continuation of the government contract orders for the Lakota demonstrates the value of affordable, cost-effective programs in a constrained budget environment,” said Sean O’Keefe, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc. “That support means a lot to the American workers who have delivered every single Lakota on time and on budget over the last seven years.”
The US Army, National Guard and Navy have taken delivery of 290 Lakotas, for missions ranging from disaster response and border patrol to pilot training.With a unit cost of just $5.5 million, the Lakota has the lowest cost to buy, own and operate of any U.S. military helicopter in production.
The US Army plans originally called for purchasing 31 Lakota helicopters in Fiscal 2014, but a constrained budget environment resulted in an initial budget proposal that included funding for just ten and plans to terminate the program thereafter.
“We understand that in the current fiscal environment, our customer and the American taxpayer can’t afford to waste a penny,” O’Keefe said. “This is a time to support programs that deliver what is promised and also have a vital role to play in our national security – programs like the Lakota.”
National Guard Lakotas have provided critical support responding to recent domestic emergencies including this year’s wildfires in Colorado, tornadoes in Oklahoma, severe flooding in the West and Superstorm Sandy. They are regularly used to conduct rescues of civilians in distress across the country, and are deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border flying security operations against criminal cartels.
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Airbus Helicopters has received a contract to deliver 16 additional UH-72A Lakotas for the United States Army for $116 million. The contract is the companys second this year, highlighting the US Armys confidence and growth capability of the Lakota program
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