$21.2 million helicopter contract issued to MS builder

Published 10:30 am Wednesday, January 27, 2021

A $21.2 million contract has been issued by Customs and Border Protection to begin production of Mississippi-built Light Enforcement Helicopters.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), of Brookhaven, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, made the announcement Tuesday.

The CBP contract, which has a $65.9 million potential value, is for delivery of up to nine LEHs, manufactured by the Airbus plant in Columbus.

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“Light Enforcement Helicopters play an effective role in curtailing illegal activities on our borders,” Hyde-Smith said. “This contract represents our continued work to provide CBP with new aircraft to replace old and less-effective aircraft. I’m please aircraft manufacturers in [Mississippi] will continue to contribute to this goal.”

This contract is funded through Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations. The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 provides $28.4 million to continue recapitalization of the LEH fleet.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security deploys the multi-mission LEHs for border surveillance and law enforcement missions, including response to illegal border incursions, search and arrest warrants missions, and high-risk area patrols.