EADS North America and Eurocopter have committed the full resources of their
UH-145 industry team to the production, supply and in-service support of this
helicopter following its selection as the U.S. Army's next-generation Light
Utility Helicopter (LUH). The LUH requirement is for up to 352 aircraft with a
potential program life-cycle value of U.S. $ 3 billion.
The LUH award is a continuation of Eurocopter's over 20-year heritage as a
helicopter supplier to American government agencies which support U.S. National
and Homeland Security agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of
Homeland Security and the FBI. The decision, announced today by the U.S. Army,
marks EADS North America's and Eurocopter's first major win as a prime
contractor for the U.S. military.
The UH-145 is a version of the commercial EC145. Its selection by the U.S. Army
for this important mission demonstrates the service's confidence in EADS' and
Eurocopter's ability to meet the fast-paced delivery schedule and support
requirements of these critical Army aircraft. The program will in-source U.S.
jobs of high value and contribute to homeland security.
EADS North America leads a UH-145 team of companies that includes four primary
partners: American Eurocopter, a joint subsidiary of EADS North America and
Eurocopter, which will handle the helicopter's production, assembly and
delivery; Sikorsky Aircraft, responsible for contractor logistics support (CLS);
WestWind Technologies, for systems integration, engineering support and program
management expertise; and CAE USA of Tampa, Florida, the supplier of UH-145
cockpit procedures trainers.
UH-145 program management will be handled by the EADS North America Defense
business unit of EADS North America. A network of leading U.S. subcontractors
has been created for the Light Utility Helicopter, bringing together companies
such as the NORDAM Group, Keith Products, Thales USA, Turbomeca USA , Wulfsberg
Electronics., Honeywell, Goodrich, Aerolite, Armor Holdings and L3
The UH-145's industrial activity will be centered at American Eurocopter's
Columbus, Mississippi facility, which is to undergo a major expansion to
accommodate the Light Utility Helicopter program. Production of the UH-145 - a
customized version of Eurocopter's EC145 multi-mission helicopter, currently
built in Germany - will be transferred to Columbus in a series of steps that
begins with partial assembly, followed by full assembly and the subsequent U.S.
manufacture of major subsystems.
American Eurocopter's expansion of the 92,000-sq.-ft. Columbus facility will
begin almost immediately, with its size at least tripling to accommodate the
UH-145 program activity. Employment will grow by approximately 250 persons,
bringing it to more than 360.
EADS North America and Eurocopter have made a significant commitment to the
UH-145 program, with the first helicopter already in assembly for delivery to
the Army this November. In addition, components have been allocated for the
manufacture of seven more UH-145s.
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