AIRBUS DEFENSE and Space Inc was awarded an $82.9 million production contract by the US Army for 17 more UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters on October 22. The deal also includes provision of Airborne Radio Communications ARC-231 radios for each helicopter. Estimated contract completion date for the contract is January 31, 2016.
A further $71.71 million US Army contract was awarded on November 6 for additional UH-72As, also with ARC-231 radios. The number of helicopters involved was not announced, but contract completion date was estimated as June 30, 2016. Alan Warnes