April 29, 2013
EADS North America delivers 250th UH-72A Lakota helicopter to U.S. Army
The U.S. Army has fielded the 250th UH-72A Lakota helicopter delivered to Army and National Guard units by EADS North America since 2006. Every Lakota – including an additional five produced for the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School – has been delivered on time and on budget, by an American workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The combined Lakota fleet’s operations have now exceeded 150,000 flight hours, while maintaining greater than 90% availability. The Lakota is the Army’s newest helicopter, with the lowest cost to fly, own and operate of any U.S. military helicopter in production. The Lakota is manufactured at EADS North America’s American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Miss.