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US Army awards Airbus contract for UH-72A Lakota upgrade

US Army awards Airbus contract for UH-72A Lakota upgrade
The Army awards to Airbus Helicopters a contract for upgrade the Mission Equipment Package (MEP) of UH-72A Lakota helicopters.
Archive image: A UH-72 Lakota, flown by Soldiers with the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, taxis along the runway at Muir Army Heliport, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, July 31, 2023.
The UH-72 is designed to take on a range of missions, from general support and medical evacuation (medevac) to personnel recovery and counter-narcotics operations.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Nelson.

Arlington, Virginia – The U.S. Army awarded to Airbus a $27.8 million contract to upgrade the MEP (Mission Equipment Package) of UH-72A Lakota helicopters from Army National Guard Security & Support Battalion.

Upgrades to the MEP expand the UH-72A Lakota’s capabilities to conduct day and night operations by providing an advanced moving map, enhanced digital interfaces, new monitors, an airborne mission management system and other system improvements.

“This award provides pilots with significantly increased functionality and capability to carry out today’s demanding missions, further enhancing the UH-72 Lakota’s value as an ISR asset for the National Guard.» said Scott Tumpak, Vice President of Military Line of Business for Airbus U.S. Space and Defense.

MEP equipped UH-72A Lakota helicopters are specifically designed to execute National Guard operations across a range of missions including homeland operations, counter-drug and border security.

The Army contract will retrofit up to 50 Army National Guard Security & Support Battalion aircraft deployed throughout the United States. There are currently 107 in the fleet.

These aircraft will be modified at Airbus’ Columbus, Mississippi helicopter production facility, where more than 480 UH-72A and UH-72B Lakota, based on the H145, have been delivered to the U.S. Army since 2006.

The contract will be managed by Airbus U.S. Space & Defense.

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