News > A 200th delivery milestone for American Eurocopter-produced UH-72A Lakotas
March 1, 2012
The UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter program reached another key milestone with todayâ€™s handover of the 200th Lakota, received by the U.S. Army during a ceremony held at American Eurocopterâ€™s production facility in Columbus, Mississippi.
This 200th UH-72A is the first production aircraft to be delivered by program prime contractor EADS North America with the new Security and Support (S&S) Battalion Mission Equipment Package (MEP).Â Lakotas are produced by American Eurocopter at its Columbus site, which also is where the initial S&S Battalion helicopters were retrofitted.
The S&S Battalion MEP-equipped Lakotas will be operated by Army National Guard units across the country.Â The enhanced capability provided by the package enables these units to seamlessly support state and local law enforcement and federal homeland security agencies in responding to natural disasters, law enforcement and border security operations.
Currently, 52 Lakota helicopters are to be produced in the Armyâ€™s S&S Battalion configuration, in addition to 16 UH-72As being retrofitted to this configuration.Â The total anticipated number of S&S Battalion Lakotas will grow to 99 aircraft.Â EADS North America has now delivered 200 UH-72As to the U.S. Army, on time and within budget, along with five H-72A versions to the U.S. Navy for test pilot training.
The total program of record calls for 346 UH-72A Lakotas to be delivered to the Army and Army National Guard through 2016, along with the five already delivered to the U.S. Navy. The S&S Battalion MEP, integrated by American Eurocopter, will expand the capabilities of the Armyâ€™s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters, and reflects the platformâ€™s adaptability for an increasing number of missions.Â
This Mission Equipment Package contains a centerline electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensor, a 30 million candle power search light, analog/digital video downlink, rear observerâ€™s console with a 15-inch display, an enhanced tactical communications suite, an onboard digital video recorder, 10.4-inch auxiliary displays for the pilot and co-pilot, and a video management system.
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