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. 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
Date: Sep 5, 2007

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