US Army Orders 35 More UH-72A Lakotas

US Army UH-72A Lakota 10-72167 from the 2916th Aviation Battalion, Company B, 229th Aviation Regiment, in an aggressor colour scheme, during a Righteous Angel exercise on May 4, 2017, near Nur at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. An additional 35 Lakotas have been ordered by the US Army for its Combat Training Centers and for pilot training at Fort Rucker. US Army/Pfc Austin Anyzeski, 11th ACR

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS has been awarded a $273,289,949 firm-fixed-price contract for procurement of 35 additional UH-72A Lakotas.  The deal, awarded on March 8, by US Army Contracting Command, also includes associated technical and flight operator manuals and programme management.  An initial $136,644,970 from US Army fiscal year 2017 and 2018 procurement funding was released at the time of the award.  Estimated contract completion date for the work is March 8, 2021.

The manufacturer confirmed the following day that the procurement is broken down into two configurations: 17 of the UH-72As will be for the Initial Entry Rotary-Wing mission at Fort Rucker, Alabama.  The remaining 18 will be used for the observer/controller mission at the US Army’s Combat Training Centers.

The Lakota is built at the manufacturer’s facility in Columbus, Mississippi.  Since the programme began in 2005, To date, Airbus Helicopters has delivered more than 412 Lakotas.