Friday, May 16, 2014
Airbus Group on Wednesday delivered the 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter to the Army. Every Lakota has been delivered on time and on budget by a workforce that's more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The Lakota is manufactured at the company's Airbus Helicopters facility in Columbus, Miss. Since the contract was awarded in 2006, the company has delivered the Lakota in seven different configurations for missions including training, border security, search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response, VIP transport and range support. Five aircraft are also in service with the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, which trains Navy, Marine Corps and Army test pilots. Army officials have recently indicated plans to modernize the service's rotorcraft training fleet with the UH-72A. (Source: Airbus Group, 05/14/14) Gulf Coast note: Airbus also has operations in Mobile, Ala.