400th UH-72A Lakota helicopter delivered to US Army
Washington, Usa - The twin-engine aircraft has been selected by the Armed Force in 2006
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the US 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. The UH-72A is one of the key helicopter models the Army will operate for the foreseeable future. It is a versatile and highly capable twin-engine aircraft with a modern digital glass cockpit, flight controls and navigation systems. Army and Army National Guard units operate the model in a variety of missions including flight training, surveillance and reconnaissance, medical evacuations, border security, VIP transport and disaster response. The UH-72A is made in America, assembled at the Airbus Helicopters Inc. facility in Columbus, Miss. by a workforce that is more than 40 percent US military veterans. Selected by the US Army in 2006 following a rigorous evaluation, the aircraft is the Army’s twin-engine helicopter. As part of its Aviation Restructuring Initiative, the Army selected the Lakota for its Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training program at Fort Rucker. The US Naval Test Pilot School also operates the Lakota in a training role. Since the aircraft’s introduction, the Army and National Guard units have flown more than 460,000 hours with Airbus Helicopters Inc. providing materiel support that exceeded all of the contract requirements. In December 2016 the Army awarded Airbus Helicopters Inc. a five-year Contractor Logistics Support valued at nearly $1 billion. The company will provide the support at Army and National Guard bases in 43 States, including Fort Rucker, and in Kwajalein, Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.
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