Army awards Airbus Lakota logistics contract

By Evan Ochsner / May 25, 2022 at 2:27 PM

The Army awarded Airbus a follow-on logistics support contract to provide spare parts, material and engineering support for the service's fleet of 482 Lokata utility and training helicopters, the company announced Monday.

The contract has a potential total value of more than $1.5 billion over 4.5 years after a six-month base, the announcement states.

Airbus will provide Contractor Logistics Support across 67 Lakota sites, according to the release, including National Guard bases and at Ft. Rucker, AL, where the Army uses the aircraft for rotorcraft training.

The CLS contract with the Army is the largest helicopter performance-based support contract managed by Airbus worldwide, the company said. It has provided product support services to the Army for the aircraft for almost 20 years, according to the company, which also makes the aircraft.

The contract is for maintenance for the UH-72A and UH-72B variants of the Lokota. The company delivered the first UH-72B variant to the Army last year. The first UH-72As entered the service about 15 years ago, according to the announcement.