EADS offers Armed Scout 645 for ARH
EADS North America announced today it will offer a new armed scout helicopter solution to the U.S. Army — the Armed Scout 645. The announcement was made today at the Army Aviation Association of America’s 2009 Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
The Armed Scout 645 is based on the Eurocopter EC145 commercial airframe that is the platform for the Army’s UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). The Armed Scout 645 will be produced at American Eurocopter’s Columbus, Miss., facility where UH-72A Lakotas are currently manufactured.
EADS North America has included Lockheed Martin in its industry team. “We’re confident that our team has a low-risk technical path to meet or exceed the performance requirements the Army outlined in the Sources Sought document”, said EADS North America Chief Operating Officer David R. Oliver, Jr. He added that the Armed Scout 645 will provide powerful twin-engine performance and survivability, particularly in the demanding high/hot operating environments called for by today’s Army requirements.
When the US Army will restart a competition for its Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter is unclear. It last year cancelled the Bell ARH-70A after design problems and cost overruns.