Cochran announces $220M helicopter contract in Miss.

COLUMBUS, MISS. — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says the U.S. Army has approved a $220.5 million contract for the production of UH-72A Lakota helicopters in Columbus.

The contract to Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. is for the procurement of 41 Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios. Congress approved $401.6 million overall for additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters in the fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill, which was signed into law on December 16.

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