Army awards Airbus $27M for National Guard helicopter upgrades

By Dan Schere / August 22, 2023 at 11:22 AM

The Army has awarded Airbus a $27.8 million contract for upgrades to the National Guard’s mission equipment package for the security and support battalion. The upgrades will help “deliver critical technology and mission capabilities” in the areas of homeland security, reconnaissance and search and rescue, according to a Monday announcement from Airbus.

The upgrades involve retrofitting up to 50 UH-72A Lakota helicopters for the guard’s security and support battalion that are deployed throughout the United States, according to Airbus. The aircraft will receive capabilities such as an “advanced moving map,” enhanced digital interfaces, new monitors and an airborne mission management system.

The UH-72As typically operate missions that include domestic operations, counterdrug and border security, according to the announcement.