EADS North America Receives Order for 39 UH-72A Helicopters

(Arlington, Virginia, December 8, 2008) -- EADS North America has received a contract from the U.S. Army for 39 additional UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters, extending production under contract of the twin-engine rotary-wing aircraft through 2010. This latest acquisition, valued at $207.7 million, brings the total number of UH-72As ordered by the Army to 123. The contract modification includes the additional 39 production aircraft, mission kits to equip some of the Lakotas for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) and VIP logistics operations, along with pilot, maintenance and procedural training. The Army plans to acquire 345 Light Utility Helicopters through 2016, with missions ranging from homeland security to drug interdiction, support and logistics flights. The UH-72A is based on Eurocopter's EC145 multi-role helicopter, which has been proven worldwide for use in law enforcement, paramilitary and security agencies, as well as emergency medical service providers, offshore operators and private corporations. Production of the UH-72A is performed at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Columbus, Miss., under the management of American Eurocopter, an EADS North America business unit. "EADS North America will continue to meet - and exceed - the company's commitments in providing a helicopter that is vital to the Army's rotary-wing fleet modernization," said EADS North America Chairman and CEO Ralph D. Crosby, Jr. "Our UH-72A deliveries to date have been on time or ahead of schedule, and we are pleased that the Lakota has become a benchmark example of a well-managed military aircraft program."

Source: EADS North America
Date: Dec 9, 2008