(Arlington, Virginia, October 6, 2008) -- The U.S. Navy has become a new military user of the UH-72 Light Utility Helicopter, provided by EADS North America, with the service ordering five aircraft for use in pilot training at the Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland.
With this new acquisition, the Navy joins the active Army and the Army National Guard in acquiring UH-72 Lakotas - underscoring the twin-engine helicopter's versatility in a full range of operational missions and applications. The Navy's firm fixed-price order is valued at more than $24 million. Deliveries are scheduled from October 2009 through January 2010.
"The U.S. Navy contract is a further validation of the UH-72's versatility and mission capability, and confirms EADS North America's capacity to perform as a top-tier military supplier," said Ralph D. Crosby, EADS North America's Chairman and CEO. "We have delivered over 40 Lakotas on time and on budget to the Army and National Guard, and are committed to continuing this high standard of performance with the Navy."
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