Airbus Helicopters delivers US Army’s 400th UH-72A Lakota helicopter

Posted By : MRO Business Today

October 13, 2017: Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 400th UH-72A Lakota helicopter to the US Army. The UH-72A is assembled at the Airbus Helicopters Inc. facility in Columbus, Mississippi.

“From the moment when the Army awarded Airbus the contract to produce the UH-72A, our team has strived daily to deliver on our promises to the Army, to the dedicated soldiers who operate these aircraft, to the US government and the taxpayers,” said Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters Inc. “We have produced a superb aircraft that meets the Army’s requirements and quality standards, and we have also delivered on our promise to provide outstanding support to keep the Army’s Lakotas flying and ready to perform vital missions.”

The UH-72A is one of the important helicopter models the Army will operate for the anticipated future. The Lakota platform is a flexible and highly capable twin-engine aircraft with a digital glass cockpit, flight controls and navigation systems. Army and Army National Guard units operate the Lakota in a variety of missions including flight training, surveillance and reconnaissance, medical evacuations, border security, VIP transport and disaster response.

The UH-72A is the Army’s lowest cost twin-engine helicopter to buy, own and operate. 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.

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