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U.S. Army UH-72A Lakota Receives Full-Rate Production Authorization

EADS North America increasing production rate in September

(Arlington, Virginia, Huntsville, Alabama, September 4, 2007) -- The U.S. Army has approved full-rate production of EADS North America's UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, clearing the way for continued acquisition of the program's total requirement of 322 aircraft.

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This milestone was achieved on August 23, 2007, following an Army review of program management, production, manpower, logistics and other aspects of the UH-72A program - validating EADS North America's capability to meet the service's delivery, quality and support requirements.

"Full-rate production approval underscores our ability to transition production, manufacture, deliver and support the UH-72A throughout the entire operational service of this vital U.S. Army aviation program," said EADS North America Chairman and CEO Ralph D. Crosby, Jr. "It is a validation of the efforts and expertise of the entire UH-72A program team, ensuring that we meet - or exceed - the Army's requirements for its newest helicopter in operational service."

The Army has ordered 42 UH-72As to date, which was the maximum amount authorized under low-rate production authority. EADS North America was awarded the Light Utility Helicopter program contract in June 2006 and to date, the company has delivered 10 UH-72As, all of which have been delivered ahead of schedule.

Source : EADS North America

Published on ASDNews: Sep 5, 2007


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