Airbus has signed a follow-on Contractor Logistics Assist (CLS) contract with the U.S. Military to supply spare components, materials, and engineering help for the Military’s whole UH-72A and UH-72 B Lakota fleet of 482 utility and coaching helicopters. The CLS contract with the U.S. Military is the most important helicopter performance-based help contract managed by Airbus worldwide. The contract features a six-month base and 4.5 choice years, with a possible complete worth of greater than $1.5 Billion. Airbus will present help throughout 67 Lakota websites within the U.S. and abroad. This contains Nationwide Guard bases in 43 states, and Fort Rucker in Alabama, the place the UH-72A performs the Military’s Preliminary Entry Rotary Wing mission (IERW).

U.S. Military Airbus UH-72B Lakota Mild Utility Helicopter

“We’re honored to be extending our relationship with the U.S. Military for an additional 5 years. Airbus continues to show its dedication to offering high-quality platforms and excellent help to the women and men who fly these distinctive plane. We’re happy with our greater than 15-year file of offering glorious service and hope to proceed this partnership for a few years to come back,” mentioned Scott Tumpak, Vice President of Army Helicopters division at Airbus within the U.S.


“Airbus has supplied distinctive product and help companies within the UH-72A for practically twenty years. This contract underscores the Military’s belief within the plane’s capabilities, and we look ahead to the continued help this contract supplies to the UH-72 fleet,” mentioned COL Calvin Lane, U.S. Military Utility Undertaking Supervisor.

UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter
UH-72A Lakota Mild Utility Helicopter

The contract will probably be managed by Airbus U.S. Area & Protection. Headquartered in Arlington, VA. Working below a Particular Safety Settlement, Airbus U.S. Area & Protection, Inc affords superior options to fulfill essentially the most complicated U.S. protection, safety, area, and intelligence necessities. A very long time U.S. authorities accomplice, Airbus within the U.S. leverages world-class satellite tv for pc, laser communication, rotor, and glued wing options to assist Nationwide Safety targeted prospects meet their missions. The Lakota stays the U.S. Military’s lowest value twin-engine helicopter to purchase, personal and function.

Airbus UH-72B Lakota Helicopter
U.S. Military Airbus UH-72B Lakota Mild Utility Helicopter

The UH-72B helicopter is produced at Airbus’ facility in Columbus, Mississippi whereas logistics are managed from the ability in Dallas, Texas. The workforce supporting these platforms is roughly 40% U.S. army veterans. The U.S. Military makes use of the UH-72A and UH-72B fashions to carry out a wide range of missions together with the counter drug and southwest border missions for the Military’s Nationwide Guard. Final 12 months, the UH-72 Lakota fleet exceeded the 1 million flight-hour mark, some 15 years after the primary Lakota UH-72A entered service with the U.S. Military. The Lakota platform is a extremely succesful, twin-engine plane with fashionable glass-cockpit, flight management, and navigation programs.