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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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200th Becker Avionics Digital ICS in operation with US Army’s UH-72A Lakota Fleet

200th Becker Avionics Digital ICS in operation with US Army’s UH-72A Lakota Fleet

Becker Avionics recently announced they have delivered over 200 state-of-the-art Digital Voice Communication Systems (DVCS6100) to EADS North America/American Eurocopter, as part of the avionics package for the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) fleet. With the recent delivery of the 200th UH-72A Lakota aircraft to the U.S. Army by EADS North America,… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 14-Mar-12

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EADS North America delivers 200th UH-72A Lakota

EADS North America delivers 200th UH-72A Lakota

EADS North America delivered the 200th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) today to the U.S. Army during a ceremony at the company’s American Eurocopter production facility in Columbus, Miss. “Today marks another significant milestone for the Lakota program — the only DoD program of this size and scope to remain 100 percent on schedule… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 02-Mar-12

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Becker DVCS6100 digital intercom included in US Army’s New UH-72A Lakota MEP

Becker DVCS6100 digital intercom included in US Army’s New UH-72A Lakota MEP

Becker Avionics is pleased to announce that their state-of-the-art Digital Voice Communication System (DVCS 6100) is included in the avionics package on the U.S. Army’s new UH-72A Lakota Mission Equipment Package (MEP) aircraft, a variant of this highly successful Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). Program plans call for 100 MEP variants of the UH-72A, which are… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 26-Jan-12

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Eurocopter sales up 12% in 2011 and 111 more helicopters sold than 2010

Eurocopter sales up 12% in 2011 and 111 more helicopters sold than 2010

Eurocopter generated a record high annual turnover in 2011 as the company benefitted from long-term strategies of investing in innovation to keep its helicopter product line at the forefront, growing the international footprint, developing services businesses and optimizing internal operations. The deliveries of 503 rotary-wing aircraft in 2011, along with Eurocopter’s enhanced support and services… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Jan-12

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EADS North America awarded $212M contract for 39 UH-72A Lakotas

EADS North America awarded $212M contract for 39 UH-72A Lakotas

HeliHub.com editor note – this is the official press release from EADS – we have, of course, already run this story back on 27th December announcing the order. Herndon, Virginia and Huntsville, Alabama, January 10, 2012 — The U.S. Army has awarded EADS North America a $212.7 million contract to deliver 39 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 12-Jan-12

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EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe named Chairman of the Board

EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe named Chairman of the Board

EADS North America Chief Executive Officer Sean O’Keefe has been appointed Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, replacing Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., who has retired. O’Keefe has been serving jointly as Chairman and CEO since Jan. 1. “EADS North America just concluded a remarkable year in 2011, having successfully expanded our product portfolio in… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 10-Jan-12

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US Army orders another 39 UH-72s

US Army orders another 39 UH-72s

EADS North America, Inc., Arlington, Va., was awarded a $212,703,701 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to procure 39 production aircraft in support of the Army’s Light Utility Helicopter Program.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2013.  One bid… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Dec-11

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Nebraska Guard takes on first four UH-72A Lakotas

Nebraska Guard takes on first four UH-72A Lakotas

Four Lakotas will be officially unveiled today Grand Island. These will allow the Guard to stand up a new 50-soldier medevac company that can transport medical supplies, help with firefighting and conduct SAR missions in Nebraska. Four more Lakotas will be delivered in January 2013 (see full story)

Source: Omaha World Herald, 22-Nov-11

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First Security and Support Battalion-equipped Lakota begins operations

First Security and Support Battalion-equipped Lakota begins operations

EADS North America’s first UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) equipped with the Security and Support (S&S) Battalion Mission Equipment Package (MEP) has entered operational service with the Mississippi National Guard’s Company C, 1st of the 114th Security and Support Battalion. This first S&S Battalion UH-72A Lakota was built and retrofitted in Columbus, Miss. by… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 09-Nov-11

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US Army to receive 10,000th Turbomeca Arriel engine

US Army to receive 10,000th Turbomeca Arriel engine

Turbomeca (Safran group) is proud to deliver its 10,000th Arriel production engine, which will power a United States Army UH-72A Lakota helicopter. During a ceremony at the Turbomeca USA site today, Olivier Andriès, Turbomeca Chairman & CEO and Russ Spray, Turbomeca USA President & CEO, presented the United States Army a commemorative plaque to mark… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 27-Oct-11

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EADS CEO welcomes call for flight demo for Armed Scout program

EADS CEO welcomes call for flight demo for Armed Scout program

EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe today applauded the Army’s call for a flight demonstration of potential offerings to replace the aging Kiowa Warrior armed helicopters: “Our Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) is just the kind of program envisioned by the Congress when it enacted the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009. The AAS-72X… Read more »

Source: EADS, 12-Oct-11

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EADS readies its Armed Aerial Scout 72X helicopter for fly-off

EADS readies its Armed Aerial Scout 72X helicopter for fly-off

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2011 — In anticipation of a competitive flight demonstration, EADS North America’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) is on display at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) convention this week in Washington, DC. The AAS-72X, an armed derivative of the Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter manufactured by the company’s American… Read more »

Source: EADS, 10-Oct-11

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New Lakota variant packs punch for US Army National Guard

New Lakota variant packs punch for US Army National Guard

Army National Guard pilots from four states are now training on the new Security and Support variant of the Lakota helicopter. The UH-72A S&S Mission Equipment Package is the newest helicopter to enter service with the Army. The S&S MEP includes a turreted electro-optical/infrared sensor and laser pointer; EuroAvionics, EuroNav moving map system and two… Read more »

Source: EADS, 01-Oct-11

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EADS North America to give AAS-72X update at AUSA 2011

EADS North America to give AAS-72X update at AUSA 2011

What: EADS North America will update members of the media on the status of its Armed Aerial Scout 72X program and the team’s continued development and integration efforts in preparation for an Armed Aerial Scout program. When: Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 1 – 1:30 p.m. (local time) Where: EADS North America exhibit #7619 (upper exhibit… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 29-Sep-11

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Eurocopter starts building EC145 #500

Eurocopter starts building EC145 #500

Industry sources are telling HeliHub.com that Eurocopter have started production of the 500th EC145 at their plant at Donauworth, with the forward frame holding the windows for serial number 9500 already on the production line.  The landmark aircraft is expected to take to the air in approximately three months from now.  This figure does not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Sep-11

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Polycon AWIS for US Army’s UH-72A

Polycon AWIS for US Army’s UH-72A

Becker Avionics, partner with Axnes Aviation AS for sales and marketing, as well as product support services for the Polycon Wireless Intercom Extension System for North and South America, now offers the Polycon Aircraft Wireless Intercom System (AWIS) solution for the U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter model. The Polycon AWIS is compatible with… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 26-Aug-11

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UH-72A deliveries reach half-way stage

UH-72A deliveries reach half-way stage

EADS North America has achieved another milestone on the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program as the company has delivered more than half of the planned 345 Lakotas to the U.S. Army. The UH-72A Lakota, built by the company’s American Eurocopter business unit, is one of the U.S. Army’s most successful acquisition programs and… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 25-Aug-11

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Louisiana National Guard first to fly Lakota in overseas mission

Louisiana National Guard first to fly Lakota in overseas mission

Aviators from the Louisiana National Guard led the first overseas humanitarian training relief mission involving the Army’s newly fielded UH-72A Lakota helicopters during Task Force Bon Voizen – New Horizons Haiti 2011 from April through June. The new aircraft performed medical evacuations, helped to move critical supplies and transported troops and civilians around the task… Read more »

Source: Louisiana National Guard, 07-Aug-11

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EADS awarded $10M contract for UH-72A logistical support

EADS awarded $10M contract for UH-72A logistical support

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded a $10,166,300 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of an existing contract to provide logistic support coverage for the UH-72A aircraft.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2011.  One bid was solicited, with one bid… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jul-11

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US Army contracts $74M for another 14 Lakotas

US Army contracts $74M for another 14 Lakotas

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded on June 14 a $74,390,932 firm-fixed-price contract.  This award will provide for 14 light utility helicopters and 14 airborne radio communication systems.  Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion date of Aug. 31, 2012.  One bid was solicited with one bid received.  The… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Jun-11

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Florida helicopter unit returns from Haiti mission

Florida helicopter unit returns from Haiti mission

Soldiers from Florida’s B Company, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation (Security and Support) returned to Cecil Field in Jacksonville recently after a 30-day rotation in Haiti in support of “Operation New Horizons 2011.” Six crewmembers from the unit deployed with two UH-72A Lakota helicopters to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in late April, and were joined by an additional… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 09-Jun-11

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Rotary-wing aircraft: an invaluable asset to Armed Forces

Rotary-wing aircraft: an invaluable asset to Armed Forces

The 2011 Joint Service Open House showcased a plethora of military aircraft with aerial performances and static displays during the airshow here May 20 through May 22. The C-130 Hercules, F/A-18 Hornet, and the newer Coast Guard operated AC-144 Casa were among some of these aircraft. These fixed-wing aircraft support the Armed Forces in carrying… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 02-Jun-11

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Navy Test Pilot School Lakotas receive state-of-the-art instrumentation

Navy Test Pilot School Lakotas receive state-of-the-art instrumentation

The first of five H-72 Lakotas at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) has been outfitted with a state-of-the-art instrumentation package to enhance students’ learning. “The instrumentation package will make it possible for students to take data from a single source in the H-72 versus individual systems as students must do in other helicopters…. Read more »

Source: US Navy, 26-May-11

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South Dakota NG and Lakota Nation join to welcome UH-72

South Dakota NG and Lakota Nation join to welcome UH-72

CRAZY HORSE, S.D. – Soldiers of the South Dakota Army National Guard as well as members of the Lakota Nation gathered to welcome one of their very own. It was a day of celebration, blessings and unveiling for those who came together to observe and participate in the day’s events. With the stage set to… Read more »

Source: South Dakota National Guard, 17-May-11

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Pennsylvania National Guard addresses noise concerns

Pennsylvania National Guard addresses noise concerns

Some people on the West Shore have been complaining about noise from military helicopters operating from the Capital City Airport.  Pa. National Guard officers came to Wednesday night’s New Cumberland Borough Council meeting to talk about the noise-reduction plans.

Source: WPMT Fox 43, 06-May-11

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Nevada Army National Guard receive first two of six new Lakotas

Nevada Army National Guard receive first two of six new Lakotas

They are based at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Stead.  The two aircraft are configured for medical evacuations and will complement Black Hawk helicopters already available in the state for air ambulance support.

Source: Reno Gazette Journal, 03-May-11

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US Army preapres for UH-72 deliveries with new mission equipment package

US Army preapres for UH-72 deliveries with new mission equipment package

The Army National Guard is preparing to receive the first light utility helicopter equipped with a new, state-of-the-art mission equipment package. The new mission equipment package, or MEP, aboard the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter includes an electro-optical/infrared sensor, enhanced cockpit screens, high power illuminator system, analog-digital data downlink capability and GPS-enhanced moving map displays…. Read more »

Source: US Army, 28-Apr-11

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Stateside Lakota deliveries let Black Hawks go to combat

Stateside Lakota deliveries let Black Hawks go to combat

Some 23 Black Hawk helicopters have been freed from duty in the United States to go to combat elsewhere, thanks to stateside delivery of UH-72A Lakota helicopters. As Lakotas are fielded, said Col. John Thurgood, project manager for Army utility helicopters, they take Black Hawks out of the mix and send them back to combat…. Read more »

Source: US Army, 26-Apr-11

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EADS North America demos the Armed Aerial Scout 72X

EADS North America demos the Armed Aerial Scout 72X

EADS North America this week is conducting flight demonstrations of its company-funded Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) helicopter at the Nashville International Airport to coincide with a nearby military aviation exposition. The company, and its industry team of American Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), have made a significant investment in the development of three… Read more »

Source: EADS North America, 19-Apr-11

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Bambi Bucket for Lakotas in Texas

Bambi Bucket for Lakotas in Texas

SEI Industries Ltd. is pleased to announce the delivery of six Bambi Buckets to the AASF, Army Aviation Support Facility in Austin Texas for use in the new LUH, UH-72 Lakota aircraft program. The Bambi Bucket, 120 USG/460 Litres capacity model has been chosen as the Weapon of Choice for the UH-72 Lakota aircraft, the… Read more »

Source: SEI Industries, 05-Apr-11

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EADS awarded $21M contract for four more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS awarded $21M contract for four more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS North American Defense, Arlington, Va., was awarded on March 28 a $21,468,420 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the procurement of four UH-72A light utility helicopters; four airborne radio communication 231 system production cut-in; and one engine inlet barrier filter production cut-in. Work will be performed in Columbus, Miss., with an estimated completion… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Apr-11

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