Airbus Group, Inc. is leading the UH-72A Lakota industry team that is producing, delivering and supporting this advanced rotary-wing aircraft for the U.S. Army. The company oversees the North American operation of Airbus Group, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world.

In addition to the UH-72A, Airbus Group, Inc. and its business units provide the U.S. Coast Guard’s HH-65 Dauphin helicopters and HC-144A Ocean Sentry maritime patrol aircraft, along with a full range of systems, training and support for America’s military and government agencies.

UH-72A manufacturing is the responsibility of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. – part of the Airbus Group, and is performed at its Columbus, Mississippi facility by a 300-person workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans.  

Lakota production has the capability of reaching five aircraft monthly at Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s rotorcraft center of excellence adjacent to Columbus’ Golden Triangle Regional Airport.  This facility has brought high-value jobs into the region.

Other members of the UH-72A industry team include Aerolite of Everett, Washington, BAE SYSTEMS Mobility and Protection Systems, CAE, Goodrich Corporation, Keith Products, The NORDAM Group, Sagem Avionics, Sikorsky, Thales North America, Turbomeca USA and Wulfsberg Electronics.

Bill Hayward
Senior Aircraft Mechanic
Navy veteran

Erin Hayward
Senior Technician
Navy Veteran

Ricky Williams
Senior Aircraft Mechanic
Army National Guard
Army veteran

Robert Tidwell
Technical Inspector
Army National Guard
Army veteran