UPDATE/CORRECTION 2.20.14: Guessed I missed the memo, but EADS North America recently became Airbus Helicopters, but the info about the helicopter contract remains the same. Seems Sen. Cochran’s office missed the memo, too. Oops!
Anyway, below is Wednesday’s original post announcing the deal:
EADS North America – formerly known as American Eurocopter – has landed a $22.8 million Army contract for additional Lakota helicopters.
The news comes from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s office:
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the Army has awarded $22.8 million contract modification to EADS North America for the purchase additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters produced in Mississippi.
“I am proud of the manufacturing capabilities and technical expertise of our workers in Mississippi, whose efforts support Army missions both at home and broad,” Cochran said. “This contract modification can be seen as confirmation of those abilities.”
Work on the new aircraft will be performed at the EADS North America facility in Columbus, with an estimated March 2015 completion date.
The FY2014 omnibus appropriations act enacted in January provided $171 million to support the procurement of additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters, which is considered one of the most cost-effective programs in the military. In addition to being used for military missions, these helicopters are used to support disaster response, border protection and pilot training.