WASHINGTON/COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- The U. S. Army has awarded a contract for the building of 35 helicopters in Columbus.
The $273.2 million contract was awarded to Airbus Helicopter for the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters.
The Army is initially dedicating $136.6 million in FY2017 and FY2018 aircraft procurement appropriations toward the contract.
The estimated completion date of the contact is March 9, 2021.
Over 400 Lakotas have been built at the Columbus facility.
Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Roger Wicker and Rep. Trent Kelly annoucned the contract Friday afternoon.