The U.S. Army is planning to acquire more than 300 LUH platforms to replace aging UH-1 and OH-58 aircraft through a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based acquisition strategy. Overall program management for the UH-145 system will be directed by EADS North America Defense, a business unit of Arlington, Virginia based EADS North America.
Sikorsky does not manufacture a helicopter in the Light Utility Helicopter category to meet the Army's LUH request for proposal. "Sikorsky has long provided CLS for numerous military helicopter and fixed-wing platforms through our SSSI, HSI and Derco subsidiaries. This teaming arrangement is another indication that our competitors, as well as our customers, recognize our industry-leading expertise in CLS," said Dave Adler, Sikorsky's Senior Vice President for Worldwide Customer Service.
The LUH will perform a wide range of light utility missions in the United States, including medical evacuation, passenger and logistics transportation, as well as homeland security operations. The Army National Guard is expected to receive the majority of these replacement aircraft.
The UH-145 is a version of the EC145 helicopter, which has been in production since 2002 for law enforcement, paramilitary and security agencies, emergency medical service providers, offshore operators and corporations in America and around the world.
Also joining the UH-145 team are WestWind Technologies, specializing in fast-reaction helicopter systems integration, engineering support, and program management support, and CAE, specializing in simulation and training.
WestWind Technologies operates the U.S. Army's Logistics Support Facility at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, and specializes in quick-reaction, cost effective mission equipment integration and airframe modification.
Tampa, Florida based CAE USA will supply the UH-145 cockpit procedures trainers, which will become an integral element of pilot training and familiarization for Army crews operating the helicopter.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, CT, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), of Hartford, CT, which provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.