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As an America-built solution for the Army, the UH-72A Lakota utilizes the production capacity, systems, components and hardware from companies throughout the United States. The following is a partial list of the UH-72A partners and suppliers:

Production of the UH-72A is performed at Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s rotary-wing aircraft center of excellence in Columbus, Mississippi. The 220,000-sq.-ft. Lakota facility has met its goal of creating new job opportunities in the region, with total employment planned to surpass 250 as the UH-72A program reaches its full production and final assembly capability. In addition to its U.S. civilian helicopter market leadership, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. supplies rotary-wing aircraft for law enforcement agencies from coast-to-coast, and for major federal operators such as the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Justice and U.S. Coast Guard.

Aerolite of Everett, Washington, is providing the cabin installation for NATO-standard stretchers used for medical evacuation missions. The company's retainer mounts were chosen after a "fit-check" competition with other mounting systems, and were selected for their simple, but rugged, ergonomic design. Aerolite already has supplied NATO-standard stretcher installations for numerous civilian emergency medical service (EMS) operators and police forces.

Website: www.aerolite.ch

The UH-72A's crew and passenger seats are manufactured in Phoenix, Arizona by BAE SYSTEMS Mobility and Protection Systems. The helicopter's two energy-absorbing cockpit seats have ergonomic cushions, a 4-point restraint system with an inertia reel and are qualified to the latest FAA crashworthiness specifications. The lightweight cockpit seats use advanced composites, including aramid and graphite materials. Passenger seats for the UH-72A also meet FAA crashworthiness specifications and incorporate a fold-up seat pan.

Website: www.baesystems.com

CAE is designing and manufacturing the UH-72A Lakota cockpit procedural trainers (CPTs) for the United States Army. Airbus Group, Inc. is acquiring the UH72A CPTs to support pilot transition training for the Army’s next-generation light utility helicopter. CAE is also developing a UH-72A CPT for Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s training center in Grand Prairie, Texas. The UH-72A CPTs will be used for procedural, familiarization, and transition training as the Army begins taking delivery of the UH-72A. CAE USA based in Tampa, Florida will lead the design and development of the UH-72A training devices.

Website: www.cae.com

Goodrich Corporation is supplying the UH-72A's externally-mounted rescue electric hoist. This 44301-series hoist is mounted on a boom and support assembly that allows it to be positioned in an arc of up to 63 degrees from the aircraft fuselage centerline for maximum operational flexibility. In addition, the hoist can be stowed in the line with the fuselage during flight.

Website: www.goodrich.com

Keith Products is producing the UH-72A's cabin heating and ventilation systems, along with the avionics cooling system. The cabin heating and ventilation system manages the interior temperature for crew and passengers, while the avionics cooling system ensures proper operating temperatures for the helicopter's navigation, communications and mission equipment. Keith Products already supplies these heating, ventilation and cooling systems as standard equipment for all civilian EC145 versions of the UH-72A, producing the hardware at its Addison, Texas headquarters.

Website: www.keithproducts.com

The NORDAM Group's Transparency Division is the supplier of UH-72A windscreens and windows. The UH-72A design provides unmatched visibility for the helicopter's crew and passengers, with large multi-piece wraparound front windscreens, multiple side-fuselage windows on cockpit and passenger doors, as well as side windows for the main cabin. The NORDAM Group is one of the largest independently-owned aerospace companies in the world, and produces the UH-72A transparencies at its Tulsa, Oklahoma plant.

Website: www.nordam.com

Sagem Avionics, Inc. provides the UH-72A’s Automatic Flight Control Systems (ACFS), which are partially produced at the company’s Grand Prairie, Texas facility. The UH-72A’s Automatic Flight Control System is composed of two Attitude and Heading Reference Systems, APM computers, Smart Electro-Mechanical Actuators, TRIM actuators as well as Fiber Optic Gyros. Sagem Avionics, Inc. already supplies automatic flight control systems for EC145 helicopters used in civilian and special mission roles, as well as for the AS 350, EC120, EC 130, EC135, and EC155 rotary-wing aircraft. Sagem Avionics, Inc. is located adjacent to Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s Grand Prairie headquarters, and it will be moving into much larger neighboring facilities later in 2007 to facilitate UH-72A ACFS production, maintenance and support – as well as to accommodate its overall growing U.S. business volume.

Website: www.sagemavionics.com

Sikorsky's UH-72A contractor logistical support is designed to ensure the helicopter will exceed the U.S. Army requirement of 80 percent fully mission capable (FMC), with the company's target set at 90 percent FMC. Included in Sikorsky's responsibilities are maintenance contract management, supply chain management, contractor field teams, spare part and tool management, facilities management and field- and depot-level maintenance.

Website: www.sikorsky.com

Thales North America's avionics suite for the UH-72A utilizes proven, commercial equipment that is in extensive operation on rotary-wing aircraft worldwide. It is based on the company's Meghas® cost-effective, new-generation avionics suite, which features a glass cockpit with active matrix liquid crystal displays. The system's centralized vehicle and engine management display (VEMD) replaces a dozen conventional instruments, contributing to the avionics suite's reduced cost and low pilot workload. Meghas already equips the Airbus Helicopters EC145, EC135, EC155, EC120, EC130 and AS350 rotorcraft. Production of Meghas for all these aircraft types, as well as the UH-72A, will be transferred from Europe to a new Thales USA facility in Irvine, California.

Website: www.thalesgroup-northamerica.com

Turbomeca USA assembles the UH-72A's Arriel 1E2 engines at its Grand Prairie, Texas factory. These reliable turboshaft engines are part of Turbomeca's Arriel family of powerplants used on rotary-wing aircraft around the world, including Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s HH-65Cs for the U.S. Coast Guard – which are fitted with Arriel 2C2s. Turbomeca's Grand Prairie factory is located adjacent to Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s U.S. headquarters, and has recently been expanded to accommodate UH-72A engine production as well as its growing U.S. business volume.

Website: www.turbomeca-usa.com

Wulfsberg Electronics provides the UH-72A’s navigation and communications systems, which are produced at the company’s Prescott, Arizona facility. The components for navigation and air traffic control communications are single VHF communications transceiver with an NVG Control Display Unit; and a DME transceiver. The UH-72A’s tactical communications system is composed of an RT-5000 wideband transceiver with coverage from 29 MHz to 960 MHz and associated C-5000 NVG Control Display Unit, as well as dual panel mounted P-200+0 tactical communications transceivers. Wulfsberg Electronics already supplies navigation and communications systems for EC145 helicopters used in civilian and special mission roles, as well as for the EC135 and EC155 rotary-wing aircraft.

Website: www.wulfsberg.com