The US Army has awarded Airbus Helicopters a contract modification for the delivery of additional UH-72 multi-mission helicopters.
The modification, worth $122.6 million, will see Airbus deliver a total of 15 UH-72 Lakota helicopters. The company is expected to complete work on the contract by August 2022.
First ordered in June 2006, the Lakota is based on the H145 family of helicopters, which is used for law enforcement, emergency medical transportation, search and rescue, offshore and utility operations.
In addition to the US Army, the Lakota is also used by the US Navy’s Naval Test Pilot School and the Royal Thai Army, which bought six units in 2014.
The Lakota has a maximum takeoff weight of 3,500 kg and achieves a maximum speed of 145 knots thanks to two Turbomecca ARRIEL 2E engines.
Airbus has so far delivered well over 400 Lakota helicopters to the army.