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The U.S. Army has issued a new $116 million contract to Airbus Helicopters for the delivery of 16 additional UH-72A Lakotas. This is the second Lakota contract issued to Airbus by the U.S. Army in March, after an initial contract for $273 million was recently announced.
With the latest announcement, Airbus is under contract to manufacture a total of 51 UH-72As for the service. Airbus is also under contract to associated technical and flight operator manuals and program management in training configuration for the Initial Entry Rotary Wing mission at Ft. Rucker, in addition to the production aircraft.
The U.S. Army primarily uses the twin-engine UH-72A for troop and light cargo transport, medevac, VIP transport, border security and homeland defense, according to Airbus.
The latest contract comes following several years of controversy where Airbus was involved in litigation with rival OEM Leonardo.