Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air National Guard
The U.S. Army has awarded Airbus Helicopters a contract worth more than $17.3 million to support the UH-72 Lakota, according to the U.S. Defense Dept. The Army variant is based on the Airbus EC145. The DOD announced the contract on Dec. 19 as a firm-fixed-price contract, which Airbus said has the potential value of more than $967 million.
The contract, W58RGZ-17-C-0010, is for contractor logistics support, part support and sustainment of the Army’s U-72 at a firm-fixed price of $17,361,275. Bids were solicited over the internet, but only one was received. Work is to be performed at the company’s Grand Prairie, Texas, facility with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2021. Procurement includes program management, sub-engineering services, cyber security, logistics labor and other direct costs, contractor manpower reporting, mission equipment packages, pilot transition training, functional check flight training, airframe training, powerplant training and contractor field teams.
Airbus said it has delivered 393 Lakotas to the Army. The aircraft perform training, air medical transport, and search and rescue missions, with Army National Guard units using them for Customs and Border Protection operations on the Southwestern border.