EADS Delivers 50th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to US Army

Milestone aircraft is assigned to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (Columbus, Mississippi, December 16, 2008) -- EADS North America today delivered the 50th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to the U.S. Army. This delivery marks another on-time milestone in the acquisition and fielding of the UH-72A to satisfy the Army's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) requirement. The 50th and 51st UH-72As were delivered to the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) from American Eurocopter's Mississippi production facility, where the Light Utility Helicopter, based on Eurocopter's EC145, is built. Based in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., the EAATS may operate as many as 18 UH-72As in the qualification of Army and Army National Guard aviators on the new LUH. These were the third and fourth Lakotas provided to the EAATS unit which received its initial two UH-72As in June and July, 2008. "The assignment of the 50th aircraft to the Army National Guard is particularly significant because the Guard will be the primary operator of UH-72As within the U.S. Army," said Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., the chairman and CEO of EADS North America. "We are proud to be a partner with the Army in modernizing its rotary-wing fleet. Our primary goal is to meet - and exceed - our commitments on this key program."

Source: Eads North America
Date: Dec 18, 2008