"We're extremely proud of our track record of on-time and on-budget deliveries of the UH-72A Lakota to the U.S. Army, Navy and Army National Guard," said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America's chief executive officer.
"The successful execution of this critical program is a result of the strong partnership we've built with the Department of Defense over the past seven years."
A total of 198 UH-72a Lakota's have been delivered to the U.S. Army and five to the U.S. Navy. The program of record -- worth $212.7 million -- is for a total of 345 aircraft to be delivered through 2015.
The Lakota is a twin-engine aircraft with a cruise speed of 153 mph and a service ceiling of 18,000 feet. It's manufactured at EADS North America's American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Miss.
For active Army units, the aircraft will replace the UH-60 Black Hawk. The Army National Guard will use the Lakota as a replacement for OH-58 and UH-1 helicopters.
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