US Army National Guard receives first UH-72B Lakota

Airbus Helicopters revealed on September 7 that it has delivered the first of 18 UH-72B Lakota utility helicopters to the US Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi.

This delivery comes after the US Army awarded Airbus Helicopters a US$73.9m contract modification to produce 15 new-build UH-72B rotorcraft – with options to procure three more production examples – on July 23, 2020. The deal comes as part of a wider acquisition order for 35 Lakotas, comprising 16 UH-72As and 18 UH-72Bs, which has a potential contract worth of US$516.7m.

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