The U.S. Army awarded EADS North America a contract for five additional UH-72A Lakota light-utility helicopters in January, bringing the total number of aircraft on contract to 128. Under production at the American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, MS, the UH-72A is a multirole helicopter for missions that range from homeland security and medical evacuation to drug interdiction, support, and logistics operations. The Army expects to acquire a total of 345 Lakotas through 2016. More than 54 UH-72As have been delivered so far by EADS NA, with more than 8000 flight hours logged by the Army’s UH-72A fleet to date. UH-72A production at the Columbus facility averages three to four helicopters per month, with the capability of reaching five aircraft per month.