U.S. Army selects Eurocopter UH-145 for LUH requirement
29 Jun 2006
On 29 Jun 2006, the U.S. Army’s selection for its next-generation Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) was announced, it will be Eurocopter's UH-145 helicopter. The LUH requirement is for up to 352 aircraft with a potential program life-cycle value of U.S. USD 3 billion.
EADS North America leads the UH-145 team 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.
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.
The first helicopter is already in assembly for delivery to the Army this November. In addition, components have been allocated for the manufacture of seven more UH-145s.