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Airbus awarded $273M contract for procurement of 35 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus awarded $273M contract for procurement of 35 UH-72A aircraft

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $273,289,949 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 35 UH-72A aircraft. One bid was solicited with one bid received. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of March 8, 2021.  Fiscal 2017 and 2018 aircraft procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $136,644,970 were… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 12-Mar-18

Royal Thai Army Lakota enter service

Royal Thai Army Lakota enter service

In 2014, the Royal Thai Army acquired six UH-72A Lakota helicopters from Airbus Group through the US’s foreign military sales programme. After receiving training and in-country support, the Lakotas’ first two years in operation have gone smoothly, an example of hard work and dedicated personnel. The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is Thailand’s largest military branch…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Nov-17

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Airbus Helicopters delivers 400th UH-72A

Airbus Helicopters delivers 400th UH-72A

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the U.S. Army’s 400th UH-72A Lakota helicopter, fulfilling its contract requirements to date by delivering every aircraft on time, on budget and meeting the Army’s rigorous quality standards. “From the moment when the Army awarded Airbus the contract to produce the UH-72A, our team has strived daily to deliver on our… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Oct-17

Airbus Helicopters awarded $34M contract for UH-72 logistics support

Airbus Helicopters awarded $34M contract for UH-72 logistics support

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $34,473,142 firm-fixed-price modification (P00040) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0010 for UH-72 Lakota contractor logistics support parts support and sustainment additional flying hours. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Aug-17

Airbus awarded $35M contract for support of the UH-72 Lakota

Airbus awarded $35M contract for support of the UH-72 Lakota

Airbus Helicopters Inc., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $35,161,927 modification (P00026) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0010 in support of the UH-72 Lakota contractor logistics support, parts support, and sustainment; the flying hour rate contract line item numbers have been revised to increase the total estimated flying hours and additional funding provided for the flying hours. Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Jul-17

Airbus awards 5-year UH-72A Logistics Support Contract to Safran

Airbus awards 5-year UH-72A Logistics Support Contract to Safran

Texas-based, Safran Electronics & Defense, Avionics USA, LLC. will provide Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services to Airbus Helicopters Inc. for the U.S. Army fleet of UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Airbus Helicopters Inc., a U.S. affiliate of the global aerospace and defense company Airbus, was awarded a 5-year CLS contract by the U.S. Army in mid-December 2016.  Airbus… Read more »

Source: Safran, 23-May-17

SAFE Structure delivers hangar equipment to New Mexico Army National Guard

SAFE Structure delivers hangar equipment to New Mexico Army National Guard

SAFE Structure Designs, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of ergonomic safety first aircraft maintenance stands, fall protection platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced today the delivery of customized hangar equipment to the Army National Guard in New Mexico for their fleet of UH-72 Lakota / EC145. Utilizing… Read more »

Source: SAFE Structure Designs, 28-Mar-17

Vector Aerospace extends its support of the US Army through UH-72A Lakota program

Vector Aerospace extends its support of the US Army through UH-72A Lakota program

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, continues to extend its long-standing tradition of serving the United States armed forces by providing support for the Airbus UH-72A Lakota.  Based on Airbus Helicopters’ H145/EC145 platform, the UH-72A is a light utility helicopter used for a variety of missions… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 10-Mar-17

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US Army awards Airbus with five year UH-72A support contract

US Army awards Airbus with five year UH-72A support contract

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has been awarded a Contractor Logistics Support contract by the U.S. Army to provide spare parts, material and engineering support for the Army’s UH-72A Lakota fleet of utility and training helicopters. The contract includes a base year and four one-year options, with a potential five-year value of more than $967 million. Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Jan-17

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New Lakota Flight Simulators from FlightSafety get outstanding reviews

New Lakota Flight Simulators from FlightSafety get outstanding reviews

FlightSafety International is receiving outstanding reviews from U.S. Army personnel who are using the UH-72A Lakota simulators being delivered to Flight School XXI. FlightSafety is teamed with CSRA and L-3 to provide equipment and services for U.S. Army aviation training at Flight School XXI. Training began last month using the first four UH-72A Lakota devices… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 13-Dec-16

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U.S. Army Lakota program manager reflects on successful collaboration

U.S. Army Lakota program manager reflects on successful collaboration

When LTC (promotable) David R. Cheney became the U.S. Army’s program manager for the service’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter in July 2012, Airbus had delivered 229 of the H145-based utility helicopters, and the future looked bright. Every aircraft had been delivered on time and on cost since the contract had been awarded in 2006, and the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Oct-16

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Airbus awarded another $73M to support UH-72 fleet

Airbus awarded another $73M to support UH-72 fleet

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $73,082,640 modification (P01000) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to add a six-month period of performance with four one-month option periods to procure Program Year 11 contractor logistic support for the Army’s UH-72 Lakota aircraft fleet.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 28-Jun-16

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Airbus awarded $8.6M more for UH-72 support

Airbus awarded $8.6M more for UH-72 support

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $8,648,399 modification (P00970) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for logistics support for UH-72A (Lakota) helicopters.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,648,399 were obligated at the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-16

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US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

US Army orders another 12 UH-72A Lakotas

The U.S. Army has exercised $65.8M in contract options for 12 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters and associated mission equipment packages from prime contractor Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. The UH-72A is manufactured on the same Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line in Columbus, Miss., that has delivered almost 350 Lakotas to the Army, Navy and for… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Nov-15

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Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

Airbus awarded $65M Lakota order

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $65,828,056 modification (P00945) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for Lakota helicopters with ARC radio 231 mission equipment package.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2017.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $65,828,056 were obligated at… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-Nov-15

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Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus awarded $24M for Lakota mission equipment

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $24,012,980 modification (P00878) to multi-year contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for mission equipment packages to be cut into the Lakota Helicopter production line as part of the Army Aviation Restructure Initiative for training aircraft. Work will be performed in Columbus, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of July… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Sep-15

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CAE to manufacture two more UH-72A flight training devices

CAE to manufacture two more UH-72A flight training devices

CAE was awarded a contract by Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. to manufacture two additional UH-72A Lakota flight training devices (FTDs). These UH-72A FTDs, the seventh and eight being produced by CAE for the U.S. Army, will be delivered to Fort Rucker, Alabama during the spring of 2016. These training devices, which are Federal Aviation… Read more »

Source: CAE, 09-Jul-15

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Airbus Defense & Space awarded $28M for UH-72A program support

Airbus Defense & Space awarded $28M for UH-72A program support

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $28,325,176 modification (P00918) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for logistic support for the UH-72A Lakota helicopter program. Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) and other procurement funds in the amount of… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 24-Jun-15

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Congresswoman takes Airbus Helicopters tour

Congresswoman takes Airbus Helicopters tour

“What you are seeing in this building now is the Lakota Production line,” said an Airbus Helicopter official to Congresswoman Martha Roby. See Full Story

Source: WTVA, 01-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters Inc makes two key appointments

Airbus Helicopters Inc makes two key appointments

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is pleased to announce important new assignments for two key leaders. John Roth has been appointed Senior Director of Government Programs. In this position he is responsible for management of the U.S. Army UH-72A Lakota program including production aircraft deliveries, Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programs, modifications, upgrades and fleet support of the more… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Jun-15

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All Metal MS releases custom maintenance stands for the UH72/EC145

All Metal MS releases custom maintenance stands for the UH72/EC145

All Metal MS, a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of solution driven custom “safety first” aircraft maintenance stands, assembly/production line platforms, hangar equipment, portable field equipment and specialty tooling, announced today the release of custom maintenance stands for the UH72/EC145. Utilizing feedback from their valued client, The National Guard, All Metal enhanced… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 13-May-15

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DiSTI wins contract for UH -72A Virtual Maintenance Trainer

DiSTI wins contract for UH -72A Virtual Maintenance Trainer

The DiSTI Corporation, a leading provider of graphical user interface software and customized 3-D virtual maintenance training solutions, today announced a contract award from the U.S. Army to develop a virtual maintenance trainer (VMT) for the UH-72A Lakota helicopter. The $4.4 million contract includes the development of twelve (12) interactive student workstations with a networked… Read more »

Source: DiSTI, 13-May-15

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3D Perception delivers display to CAE for UH-72A FTDs

3D Perception delivers display to CAE for UH-72A FTDs

3D perception, Inc. (“3DP”) today announced further deliveries of their Northstar™ immersive visual displays for CAE-built UH-72A Lakota Flight Training Devices (FTDs). In April, 3DP delivered two systems to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Since 2013, this totals three deliveries to Fort Rucker and two to the Western… Read more »

Source: 3D perception, 30-Apr-15

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Airbus Defense awarded $9M contract for Thai UH-72A work

Airbus Defense awarded $9M contract for Thai UH-72A work

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $9,360,135 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Thailand) for UH-72A helicopter support, hardware, and services for the Royal Thai Army. Work will be performed in Thailand with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2017. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 other procurement… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Airbus delivers first UH-72A for Army Initial-Entry Trainer Mission

Airbus delivers first UH-72A for Army Initial-Entry Trainer Mission

Airbus Group yesterday delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota’s latest mission, as the service’s initial-entry training helicopter. The aircraft will join seven Lakotas previously in the Army inventory that have already been modified to the training configuration and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Mar-15

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Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $23,954,200 modification (P00890) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to exercise an option to procure Program Year 10 contractor logistics support for UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $23,954,200 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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UH-72A delivers on commitments to both US Army and US taxpayers

UH-72A delivers on commitments to both US Army and US taxpayers

The U.S. Army’s recent order for an additional 41 UH-72A Lakota helicopters underscores the continuing value the Army places on the Lakota’s low cost multi-mission capabilities, high performance and reliability. It also validates the work done by Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Group Inc. to fulfil commitments made to the Army and the U.S. government…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Mar-15

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US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

US Army orders another 41 Lakotas in $220M contract

The U.S. Army has approved a $220.5 million contract for the production of UH-72A Lakota helicopters in Columbus, according to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. The contract to Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. will support the procurement of 41 Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios…. Read more »

Source: Thad Cochran, 16-Feb-15

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National Guard helicopters support Border Patrol

National Guard helicopters support Border Patrol

Army National Guard members have served along the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas since 2012 providing aviation support to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with plans to continue serving for the foreseeable future. Soldiers, from numerous states across the country, collaborate in this unique mission, known as Operation Phalanx, to provide aviation assets in support… Read more »

Source: US Army, 23-Jan-15

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First U.S. Army UH-72A flight simulator at Ft. Rucker now ready-for-training

First U.S. Army UH-72A flight simulator at Ft. Rucker now ready-for-training

Today at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest modelling, simulation and training event, CAE announced that the United States Army has accepted for training the first UH-72A flight training device (FTD) to be located at the U.S. Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Under subcontract to… Read more »

Source: US Army, 03-Dec-14

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Airbus awarded $71M for UH-72A work

Airbus awarded $71M for UH-72A work

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $71,358,549 modification (P00857) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire UH72A Lakota helicopters with ARC 231 radios. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $71,713,665 were obligated at the time of the award. The cumulative total for the contract, with this modification, is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-14

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US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

US Army orders another 17 Lakotas worth $82M

Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded an $82,917,199 modification (P00852) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire 17 72A Lakota helicopters with airborne radio communications 231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $82,917,199 were obligated at the time of the award. After award of this modification, the total cumulative… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Oct-14

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AgustaWestland sues US Army to block Airbus helicopter deal

AgustaWestland sues US Army to block Airbus helicopter deal

AgustaWestland, a unit of Italy’s Finmeccanica SpA, has sued the U.S. Army to block its plans to buy 155 helicopters built by Europe’s Airbus without a competition, arguing that its own helicopters would be cheaper to buy and operate. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 24-Sep-14

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Vermont National Guard receives new Lakotas

Vermont National Guard receives new Lakotas

The Army Aviation Facility in South Burlington saw the landing of two new pieces of equipment to help push flying into the future. Two UH-72 MEPS Lakota helicopters were flown from Meridianville, Alabama, to the facility in South Burlington during the weekend. “The Army retired the OH-58 that we had,” said Lt. Col. John Johnston,… Read more »

Source: US Army, 07-Aug-14

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South Carolina National Guard moves into new hangar

South Carolina National Guard moves into new hangar

The $27.5 million Army Aviation Support Facility is home base for 10 helicopters — six Chinooks and four Lakotas — and 75 full-time soldiers.  See full story

Source: The State, 30-Jul-14

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Washington National Guard gets new helicopter for first time in five decades

Washington National Guard gets new helicopter for first time in five decades

The 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment is getting the six new UH-72 Lakota helicopters to replace OH-58 Kiowa helicopters  See full story

Source: Air Force TImes, 26-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-NA, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $55,361,816 sole-source modification (P00780) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to procure ten UH-72A Lakota helicopters with ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $55,361,816 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2015. Work will be performed Columbia, Mississippi. Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-May-14

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Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus Group today delivered to the Army the service’s 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter. Every Lakota has been delivered – on time and on budget – by an American workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The Lakota is manufactured at the company’s Airbus Helicopters, Inc. facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

EADS North America, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $25,474,389 modification (P00787) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for contractor logistics support on the Lakota Utility Helicopter (UH-72A). Work will be performed in Columbia, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance Army funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L‐3 WESCAM announced today that it has now delivered 100 MX™-15 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging turrets in support of the U.S. Army National Guard’s UH-72A Security and Support Mission Equipment Package (S&S MEP). L-3 WESCAM was awarded the contract for this program in 2009 as a subcontractor to Airbus Helicopters, Inc. The first system was delivered… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 07-May-14

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Kentucky Army Guard rolls out first of six UH-72A Lakotas

Kentucky Army Guard rolls out first of six UH-72A Lakotas

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson joined Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini and members of the Kentucky Army National Guard’s aviation community for the inaugural roll out of the Guard’s newest acquisition, the LUH-72 Lakota helicopter at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., April 24. The American-made LUH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter was specifically selected and… Read more »

Source: Kentucky ANG, 27-Apr-14

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Royal Thai Army order six UH-72A Lakotas

Royal Thai Army order six UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-N.A., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $34,018,858 modification (P00772) to sole-source, foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for six Lakota helicopters with the environmental control unit, mission equipment package and airborne radio communication (ARC-231) radios for the Royal Thai Army. Fiscal 2010 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $34,018,857 were obligated at the time… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Mar-14

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US Army contracts for four more UH-72A Lakotas

US Army contracts for four more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $22,856,085 modification (P00766) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire four UH-72A Lakota helicopters with engine inlet barrier filters and ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $22,856,085 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is March 31, 2015. Work will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Feb-14

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US Congress Continues Support of UH-72A Lakota

US Congress Continues Support of UH-72A Lakota

Airbus Group leaders today welcomed the decision by Congress to fund procurement of 20 UH-72A Lakota helicopters through an omnibus spending package that the President has indicated he will sign into law. “This continuation of the government contract orders for the Lakota demonstrates the value of affordable, cost-effective programs in a constrained budget environment,” said… Read more »

Source: Airbus Group, 20-Jan-14

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American Eurocopter names new head of Columbus production plant

American Eurocopter names new head of Columbus production plant

American Eurocopter has named Samuel Adcock to the position of Vice President – General Manager of the company’s helicopter production plant in Columbus, Miss. Adcock will assume his new role October 7. He will oversee all operations at the Mississippi plant, will be a member of the American Eurocopter Executive Committee and report directly to President and… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 04-Oct-13

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Eurocopter to add additional production capacity at US plant

Eurocopter to add additional production capacity at US plant

HeliHub.com broke this story to the world on Monday 16th -see Eurocopter France to transfer production of fifty AS350s to Mississippi  and that story covers more on the background reasons for the move.  Eurocopter press release of 20th September follows:-   Beginning in 2014, Eurocopter will install the necessary industrial capabilities to upgrade the American Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 21-Sep-13

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Eurocopter France to transfer production of fifty AS350s to Mississippi

Eurocopter France to transfer production of fifty AS350s to Mississippi

Unions in France are in consultation with Eurocopter regarding the proposed transfer of production of fifty AS350 helicopters from France to Mississippi.  Also included is the production of  parts for a further ten airframes. HeliHub.com understands that this move is a result of US military budget cuts which are expected to halt the American Eurocopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Sep-13

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Iowa National Guard showcases new helicopter fleet

Iowa National Guard showcases new helicopter fleet

The Iowa Army National Guard is very excited about having a new fleet with two new helicopter models – with six CH-47F Chinooks and two UH-72A Lakotas – see full story

Source: Fox 18, 11-Jul-13

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Thailand requests six UH-72A Lakotas

Thailand requests six UH-72A Lakotas

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress June 7 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $77 million. The Government of Thailand has requested a possible sale of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters, spare and repair parts,… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 24-Jun-13

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Hundreds rally at American Eurocopter to urge for UH-72A funding

Hundreds rally at American Eurocopter to urge for UH-72A funding

U.S. Representatives Joe Barton and Marc Veasey joined leaders of American Eurocopter, EADS North America and Turbomeca at a rally Friday to call on Congress to restore funding for the Army’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The rally took place at EADS North America’s American Eurocopter facility in Grand Prairie, Texas,… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 10-Jun-13

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250th UH-72A Lakota in operation with US Army with Becker Avionics

250th UH-72A Lakota in operation with US Army with Becker Avionics

With the recent delivery of the U.S. Army’s 250th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) aircraft by EADS North America/Eurocopter, the program is just over two-thirds complete, and remains on schedule and within budget. Nevertheless, there have been some recent changes to the Lakota program due to Department of Defense budget pressures. In Fiscal Year… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Jun-13

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American Eurocopter Rally to Restore Funds for UH-72 Program

American Eurocopter Rally to Restore Funds for UH-72 Program

America Eurocopter will hold a rally Friday at 10:30 a.m. as part of a campaign to urge Congress to restore Fiscal Year 2014 funding for the Army UH-72A Lakota helicopter. Area public officials as well as executives of American Eurocopter and EADS North America will speak at this approximately one-hour event. Lunch will be served… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 04-Jun-13

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Mississippians call on Congress to restore funds for UH-72A program

Mississippians call on Congress to restore funds for UH-72A program

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper and U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee joined leaders of EADS North America and American Eurocopter at a rally Thursday to call on Congress to restore funding for the Army’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The rally took place at EADS… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 31-May-13

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Budget freezes US Army Armed Aerial Scout program

Budget freezes US Army Armed Aerial Scout program

The US Army has issued the following statement on helicopter procurement as part of a wider statement on how it responds to cuts in the military budget. It refers to the lack of “viable candidates” for the US Army Armed Aerial Scout program, which we read as “No candiates falls within our newly-tightened Budget constraints”… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-May-13

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New Mexico National Guard transfer to UH-72A Lakota

New Mexico National Guard transfer to UH-72A Lakota

Support for U.S. and New Mexico homeland security missions conducted by the New Mexico National Guard, and search and rescue operations throughout southern New Mexico, are about to get a significant boost. (See Full Story)

Source: Las Cruces Sun-News, 07-May-13

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New UH-72A Lakota production head named

New UH-72A Lakota production head named

Mike Spears has joined American Eurocopter as Senior Director, Lakota Production and Retrofit at its Columbus, Miss. production facility that produces theUH-72A Lakota helicopter. Spears replaces Fred Gerard, Senior Director of LUH Production, who is taking a leadership position with Airbus in Mobile, Ala. In his new position Spears will lead American Eurocopter’s team in continuing its record… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 01-May-13

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Eurocopter delivers 250th UH-72A Lakota to US Army

Eurocopter delivers 250th UH-72A Lakota to US Army

The U.S. Army has fielded the 250th UH-72A Lakota helicopter delivered to Army and National Guard units by EADS North America since 2006. Every Lakota — including an additional five produced for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School — has been delivered on time and on budget, by an American workforce that is more than… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 26-Apr-13

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EADS North America issues statement on proposed UH-72A program reduction

EADS North America issues statement on proposed UH-72A program reduction

EADS North America Chairman and CEO Sean O’Keefe issued the following statement regarding the proposed reduction of the Army’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter program from the 41 aircraft remaining to be purchased down to just ten: “During times of budgetary pressure, an extremely successful program like the Lakota — with its demonstrated low cost and unbroken… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 12-Apr-13

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Oklahoma Army National Guard to replace Kiowa with Lakota in 2013

Oklahoma Army National Guard to replace Kiowa with Lakota in 2013

The Oklahoma Army National Guard announced today they will receive four UH-72A “Lakota” helicopters this year. The helicopters will replace four OH-58C “Kiowa” helicopters that have been in service for more than 30 years. The first two Lakotas are scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma in April with the final two following in May. The UH-72A… Read more »

Source: Oklahoma ANG, 07-Jan-13

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EADS North America arded $26M contract to support UH-72 Mission Equipment Packages

EADS North America arded $26M contract to support UH-72 Mission Equipment Packages

EADS North America Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $26,298,512 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure contractor logistics support for Mission Equipment Packages for the Light Utility Helicopter program. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016. One… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Jan-13

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US Army takes up option for another 34 UH-72A Lakotas

US Army takes up option for another 34 UH-72A Lakotas

The U.S. Army has awarded EADS North America a $181.8 million contract option to deliver 34 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters, bringing the total aircraft ordered to date to 312. Army plans call for procuring 347 Lakotas through 2016. EADS North America has delivered 243 Lakotas – all on time and on budget – from its… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 15-Nov-12

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Oregon Army National Guard receives first of four UH-72A

Oregon Army National Guard receives first of four UH-72A

The Oregon Army National Guard’s Detachment 1, C Company, 1-112 Aviation received the first of four new UH-72A Lakota helicopters during a roll-out ceremony at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Ore., Sept. 22. Three more are expected to arrive in November. The Lakota is the Army’s newest light utility helicopter and is replacing the OH-58 Kiowa… Read more »

Source: Oregon Army National Guard, 24-Sep-12

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North Dakota Guard, Tribal Nations dedicate new Lakota

North Dakota Guard, Tribal Nations dedicate new Lakota

The North Dakota Army National Guard, together with representatives of North Dakota’s Tribal Nations today dedicated the NDNG’s newest helicopter, the UH-72A Lakota. More than 500 people showed up to witness a historic ceremony that included a tribal blessing of the helicopter that joins the NDNG aviation inventory. The dedication ceremony took place at United… Read more »

Source: ND Army National Guard, 05-Sep-12

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EADS awarded $33M for UH-72A Security and Support Mission Equipment

EADS awarded $33M  for UH-72A Security and Support Mission Equipment

EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $33,512,268 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure Security and Support Mission Equipment Packages for the UH-72A Weapon System.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2014.  The bid was solicited through the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 03-Sep-12

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EADS awarded $19.8M contract modification for UH-72A work

EADS awarded $19.8M contract modification for UH-72A work

EADS-NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $19,811,574 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure contractor logistic support for the UH-72A program.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited, with one bid received.  The U.S…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Aug-12

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Two UH-72 Lakotas join New York Army National Guard

Two UH-72 Lakotas join New York Army National Guard

The New York Army National Guard welcomed two UH-72 Light Utility Helicopters to the fleet of rotary wing aircraft operated by its Army aviation units here June 29. The new helicopters were purchased specifically to be used in domestic operations in aid of law enforcement or during state emergencies. The UH-72A Lakota is the newest… Read more »

Source: National Guard, 03-Jul-12

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EADS awarded $26M for LUH program logistics

EADS awarded $26M for LUH program logistics

EADS – NA, Herndon, Va., was awarded a $26,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to supply contractor logistics in support of the Light Utility Helicopter Program.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited, with… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-May-12

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UH-72A Lakota fleet hits 100,000 flight hour milestone

UH-72A Lakota fleet hits 100,000 flight hour milestone

The U.S. Army’s fleet of 219 UH-72A Lakota helicopters surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone during operations on May 10. The 100,000 flight hour aircraft, configured for Opposing Force training missions, was flown by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Lacrosse and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christopher Ezell of the Joint Multinational Readiness Center’s Falcon Observer/Controller-Trainer… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 23-May-12

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21st Cavalry Brigade takes on two Lakotas

21st Cavalry Brigade takes on two Lakotas

Fort Hood’s Apache training unit, 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat), added a new airframe to its inventory Friday with two LUH-72A Lakota helicopters.  (see full story)

Source: Fort Hood Sentinel, 17-May-12

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Hawaii Army National Guard dedicates new Lakotas

Hawaii Army National Guard dedicates new Lakotas

The Hawaii Army National Guard today dedicated its two new UH-72A Lakota helicopters at the Guard’s Aviation Support Facility No. 2 in Hilo. The Lakota helicopters have replaced the older model OH-58 Kiowa helicopters. The Lakota is the Army’s most modern Light Utility Helicopter. Hawaii is one of the first states to receive the new… Read more »

Source: US Army, 07-May-12

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Maryland National Guard celebrates UH-72 arrival

Maryland National Guard celebrates UH-72 arrival

The Maryland Army National Guard introduced their new helicopter during an orientation event conducted at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation near Reisterstown, Md., April 18. The event gave service members and the media the opportunity to learn about the capabilities of the new UH-72A ‘Lakota’ helicopter and what benefits it brings to the Maryland Army National… Read more »

Source: Maryland National Guard, 20-Apr-12

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Lakota fleet of 200+ approaches 100K flight hours

Lakota fleet of 200+ approaches 100K flight hours

The Army’s newest aircraft, the UH-72A Lakota, is approaching 100,000 flight hours, and maintains one of the highest mission-capable rates among Army aircraft. The Army expects to buy a total of 345 of the aircraft, and the service has just taken delivery of 209 so far. “The real success story for us: it’s been on… Read more »

Source: US Army, 16-Apr-12

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Cobham’s Flexcomm system selected for US Army Lakotas

Cobham’s Flexcomm system selected for US Army Lakotas

Cobham Aerospace Communications has been selected to supply its Flexcomm communications system for 39 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters (LUH), as part of E b ADS North America’s Lakota Mission Equipment Package (MEP) in 2012. Cobham has already supplied over 200 such systems for the Lakotas, and the entire fleet order is anticipated to be… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 09-Apr-12

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Cobham provides downlink for US Army UH-72s

Cobham provides downlink for US Army UH-72s

Cobham is providing a crucial downlink as part of a Security and Support Mission Equipment Package designed to better support law enforcement and assist during state responses. This package includes a dual channel, high resolution Cobham tactical downlink system, with both FM and COFDM links. The High Resolution Downlink enables agents or National Guardsmen on… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 09-Apr-12

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EADS North America to unveil next evolution of Armed Aerial Scout at Quad-A

EADS North America to unveil next evolution of Armed Aerial Scout at Quad-A

EADS North America and its industry team will unveil the company’s next evolution of its Armed Aerial Scout helicopter during a press briefing at the annual Army Aviation Association of American annual convention in Nashville, Tenn. This latest Armed Aerial Scout will offer the U.S. Army even greater performance, range, endurance and combat capability. Speakers… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 30-Mar-12

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