A contract was awarded to Airbus Defence and Space on February 12 for the manufacture of an additional 41 UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters for the US Army. The $220.56 million deal also included Airborne Radio Communications ARC-231 Radios for each helicopter.
Estimated contract completion date is July 31, 2017. Airbus Helicopters now has firm orders for 411 Lakotas, including five for the US Navy and six for Thailand. Of these, the company had delivered 331 to date. The Fiscal Year 2015 budget provides funding for 55 Lakotas, while a further 28 have been requested in FY16 and 18 in FY17. Alan Warnes