EADS North America Awarded $181.8 Million Army Contract Option

EADS North America Awarded $181.8 Million Army Contract Option for 34
UH-72A Lakotas 
Contract Builds on 243 On-Time, On-Budget Lakota Deliveries 
ARLINGTON, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --   The U.S. Army has
awarded EADS North America a $181.8 million contract option to
deliver 34 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters, bringing the total
aircraft ordered to date to 312. Army plans call for procuring 347
Lakotas through 2016.  
EADS North America has delivered 243 Lakotas -- all on time and on
budget -- from its American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Miss.,
where up to five aircraft per month are produced by a workforce that
is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The same production
line would produce the company's armed Lakota derivative, the
AAS-72X+, for the Army's Armed Aerial Scout helicopter program.  
"This latest contract award is a reflection of EADS North America's
commitment to on-time, on-cost performance with the Lakota, a proven,
flexible aircraft that is flying every day to meet the Army's
mission," said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America Chairman and CEO.
"We're proud of delivering on our promises. In today's fiscal
environment, the Army needs and deserves programs that meet their
cost and schedule commitments." 
"The Lakota program is an example of a successful program that is
meeting the Army's needs by complying with the Army and OSD goals for
an ACAT-1 high performing program," said Colonel Thomas H. Todd, the
Utility Helicopters Project Manager. "High performing, well-run
programs are the benchmark for major defense program acquisition; the
Lakota is clearly in that category." 
Aircraft deliveries under the latest option will begin in September
2013. The contract also includes eight engine inlet barrier filter
Twenty-four of the aircraft on this contract will receive the
Security and Support (S&S) Battalion mission equipment package (MEP),
which was procured under a separate contract action. The S&S
Battalion MEP expands the Lakota's capabilities for missions ranging
from disaster response to border security operations. It includes a
moving map, EO/IR sensor, digital video recording capability, digital
and analog downlink, and a searchlight. Army National Guard units
across the country currently operate Lakotas equipp
ed with the S&S
Battalion MEP, including extensive operations along the U.S.
southwest border.  
A combination of full contractor logistics support (CLS) for the
Active Army and hybrid CLS for the Army National Guard enables the
units to operate the Lakota in accordance with their flying hour
plan. The Army program office, military units, and the industry team
of EADS North America, American Eurocopter and Helicopter Support
International has provided tailored program logistics to the Army and
Army National Guard since 2006.  
The Lakota fleet has averaged an operational availability rate
greater than 90 percent for locations with the full contractor
logistics (CLS) support, encompassing 21 different military units.
Spare parts fill rate under the hybrid CLS concept supporting 33
units has averaged 97 percent. 
The UH-72A is a Defense Acquisition Category (ACAT) I major defense
acquisition program, and marked one of the most rapid introductions
of a new aircraft in the U.S. Army's history. Deliveries of the
aircraft to National Guard units allow aging OH-58 and UH-1
rotary-wing aircraft to be retired, while UH-72As assigned to the
active component of the U.S. Army free up UH-60 Black Hawks for
assignment to combat missions. 
About American Eurocopter (www.eurocopterusa.com)
Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer that produces, markets, sells
and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters
offered by any manufacturer in the United States. The company is a
subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American
operations of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related
services, and is an affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter
manufacturer in the world. American Eurocopter's product line
represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced
helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all
markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facilities are
located in Grand Prairie, Texas, with a large manufacturing and
production facility in Columbus, Miss., that produces the UH-72A for
the U.S. Army's Light Utility Helicopter program. 
About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)
 EADS North
America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in
aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than
$13 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 225,000
American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America,
headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced
solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements,
including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems,
public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and
threat detection systems. 
About EADS (www.eads.com)
 EADS is a global leader in aerospace,
defense and related services. In 2010, the Group -- comprising
Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of
EUR 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000. 
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