UH-145 - The EC145, which has been renamed the UH-145 for the occasion, is part of the Eurocopter
response to the invitation for bids launched by the US Army for 322 light utility helicopters. The winner
will be announced in June 2006.
Thirty more helicopters will be manufactured in 2007, and 47 in 2008 on the final assembly line in Columbus. The contract could make it possible for American Eurocopter to create 350 new jobs in Columbus. A team responsible for program management and procurement will be created. Tom Harrison, the future director of the program, has already set up his offices in Hundsville, Alabama.
Working Together to Succeed
Eurocopter, through its subsidiary American Eurocopter, is receiving staunch support from EADS North America for the project. What’s more, two strategic partnerships have been signed with Sikorsky and WestWind Technologies. Sikorsky, which would be responsible for the logistics of the 322 aircraft, has a great deal of experience in the military sector with the Black Hawk, but does not have a helicopter in its range that meets the needs of the US Army’s invitation for bids.
WestWind Technologies, which has been cooperating for many years with the logistics arsenal of the US Army in Redstone, Alabama, is a specialist in the installation of mission equipment. With this arrangement, everyone can benefit from the experience of the other partners. Eurocopter has thus found all the right ingredients if the UH-145 should win the contract.