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Army awards contract modification for more Lakota helicopters

COLUMBUS — The Army has awarded $22.8-million contract modification to EADS North America for the purchase additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters produced in Mississippi, according to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

Work on the new aircraft will be performed at the EADS North America facility in Columbus with an estimated March 2015 completion date.

The FY2014 omnibus appropriations act enacted in January provided $171 million to support the procurement of additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters, which is considered one of the most cost-effective programs in the military. In addition to being used for military missions, these helicopters are used to support disaster response, border protection and pilot training.

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