Airbus Gets $273M Army Light Utility Helicopter Supply Contract

Airbus‘ helicopter manufacturing business has received a potential three-year, $273.3 million contract to supply the U.S. Army with 35 units of the UH-72A Lakota aircraft.

The Army Contracting Command solicited and received one bid for the procurement of light utility vehicles, the Defense Department said Thursday.

The service branch will obligate $136.6 million in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement at the time of award.

UH-72A is a variant of the EC145 multimission helicopter and designed for homeland security, passenger transportation, logistics, drug interdiction and medical evacuation missions.

The Army initially conducted a competitive process in mid-2006 for its requirement of up to 345 UH-72As with a potential $2 billion life cycle value.

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