(October 5, 2008) -- EADS North America marked a major industrial milestone for the U.S. Army's UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter program, delivering its first final assembly line (FAL) aircraft from the Eurocopter production facility at Columbus, Mississippi.
This key step - which was achieved on schedule - is part of EADS North America's commitment to establishing full production of the UH-72A in the United States. The Laokta's industrialization is the responsibility of the American Eurocopter business unit of EADS North America, and is performed in a 220,000 sq. ft. purpose-built factory at the Golden Triangle Airport Industrial Complex.
"EADS North America is not only meeting all of our commitments to the Army, but also meeting our commitments to the U.S. taxpayer, said EADS North America Chairman and CEO Ralph D. Crosby, Jr. "We are creating high-value jobs, in-sourcing technology to the United States and bringing the production of one of the world's most successful helicopters to a new rotary-wing center of excellence in Mississippi. Our Army customers are pleased with the performance and capabilities of the Lakota and we look forward to supporting the Navy's training requirements."
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