EADS North America to equip UH-72A Lakotas for S&S Battalion missions

  • 15-Oct-2010 11:58 EDT

A total of 345 UH-72As are planned for acquisition by the U.S. Army through 2015, which includes the versions outfitted for operation by the S&S Battalions.

The U.S. Army awarded EADS North America a contract for the supply of Mission Equipment Packages (MEPs) on UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters to be operated by Army National Guard Security and Support Battalions. This is the first phase of a total contract value estimated to be $152 million. Built at the company’s American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, MS, these system improvements will be outfitted on UH-72As deployed throughout the U.S. where the Army National Guard Lakota aircraft are stationed. The packages expand the Lakota’s use in reconnaissance, border protection, command and control, and air movement operations that support U.S. homeland defense and security missions. Deliveries of UH-72As with the S&S Battalion MEP are scheduled to begin in 2011. This contract covers EADS North America’s supply of an initial 36 MEPs, with the U.S. Army expected to ultimately acquire systems to outfit a total of 99 Lakota helicopters.

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