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Lakota UH 72 A : un succès confirmé ! (EC 145 Versus US Army)

19 mai 2014 / Chroniques du ciel

Airbus Hélicoptères a livré dans les temps et au prix défini à la commande son 300 ème  UH-72A Lakota (dans 7 versions différentes !) à l’ U.S. Army à COLUMBUS,  Mississippi.

Communiqué Airbus Helicopters (en anglais) :

Every Lakota has been delivered – on time and on budget – by an American workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The Lakota is manufactured at the company’s Airbus Helicopters, Inc. facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas Todd, Army Project Manager for Utility Aircraft, accepted delivery of the 300th aircraft.
« Airbus has an established record of on time or ahead of schedule aircraft deliveries,” said Col. Todd. “Their Columbus facility has recorded a nine year record of excellence.”
Since the UH-72A contract was competitively 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.
« The Lakota was competitively selected eight years ago because it was an easily adaptable solution for a broad range of mission requirements, with a low-risk design that allowed the Army to save taxpayers millions in development costs, » said Allan McArtor, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc. « Industry should be in the business of enabling and supporting that kind of smart decision-making for our customer. »
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant praised the partnership that the state has formed with Airbus Group in delivering a critical capability to the U.S. military. “Almost a decade ago, Airbus made an investment in Mississippi and its people, raising a world-class aerospace manufacturing facility out of a green field,” Gov. Bryant said. “That investment has paid off not just for the company, but for the men and women of the Army and for the Mississippi families who are positively affected by the company’s presence in our state.”
Members of Congress who spoke at the delivery ceremony commended the Lakota workforce for its commitment to quality and exceptional record of performance.
« I applaud the efforts of Airbus to hire veterans to help build the Lakota here in the United States,” said U.S. Congressman Jeff Miller, representative for Florida’s First District and Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “Veterans prove they can get the job done as a civilian workforce and understand first-hand what our warfighters need and deserve; that shows in the care and performance they put into this program. »

Lakota UH 72


Belle réalisation. A quand la seconde tranche de ces EC 145 version US Army qui remportent un beau succès ? Hélas, notre politique étrangère ne favorise par nos marchés sur le territoire US….


Michel Polacco