Army has purchased 345 LUH
aircraft, which will be supported through the HSI CLS program.
Army," said John Burke, EADS North America's Vice President and Program Manager of the LUH
The public sector manufacturer will invest Rs 400 crore to design and develop an LUH
prototype by the end of 2015, which is expected to be ready for certification by April 2017.
award is a continuation of EADS' 20-year heritage as a helicopter supplier to U.
Conceived out of a 1991 NATO Industrial Advisory Group study on a Future Light Battlefield Helicopter, the aircraft was designed from its inception to replace the UH-1 "Huey" and fulfill the Army's LUH
The UH-145 is well-suited to the Army's LUH
commercially-based acquisition strategy, combining mission flexibility, high reliability and affordability with a large, unobstructed main cabin and state-of-the-art cockpit.
Since being acquired by Patriarch Partners, MDHI has been actively involved in the Army's LUH
solicitation program and in expanding its commercial business.
Airframes Already Begun as Part of EADS North America's Commitment to the Army's LUH
MDHI embraced the Army's progressive approach on the LUH
Program that combined tough demands on specifications in the helicopter with stringent requirements for logistics/training programs and a stipulation for a cost- effective solution," said Lynn Tilton, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MDHI.
The EC145 is assembled in the United States by American Eurocopter, which will have overall UH-145 production responsibility as a member of the LUH
industry team led by EADS North America.
MD Helicopters, along with its contractors of choice, presents a strong, viable LUH
team supported by the capabilities of a world-class CLS contractor," said Lynn Tilton, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MDHI.
Bringing Sikorsky onto the UH-145 team ensures that our offering in the LUH
competition is backed by the undisputed leader in contractor logistics support for military rotary-wing aircraft," said Ralph D.