EADS North America CEO Sean O’Keefe has recommended to acting Air Force secretary Eric Fanning in a letter that the branch acquire the company’s UH-72 Lakota helicopter instead of modifying its Huey fleet, Breaking Defense reported Monday.
Colin Clark writes O’Keefe told Fanning the move could relieve the service from the expenses needed for the Hueys’ logistics, supply and training pipelines.
An individual unit Lakota unit costs $5.5 million, which O’Keefe said is within range of the Air Force’s request for information regarding UH-1N modernization alternatives.
He added that price “would permit the Air Force to acquire a new Lakota aircraft under the existing Army contract at the current price.”
The Air Force is the only service still using the Hueys for missions, Clark reports.