EADS delivers 100th Eurocopter UH-72A Lakota to US Army
EADS North America delivered its 100thUH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to the U.S. Army today, on-time and on-budget.
Delivery of the 100th Lakota occurred at American Eurocopter’s production facility in Columbus, Miss. where the twin-engine helicopter is produced. The American Eurocopter facility was significantly expanded to accommodate production of the Lakota.
The 100th Lakota will be deployed to Germany with the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) – becoming part of this unit’s Combat Training Center and further expanding the Lakota’s mission applications.
The U.S. Army plans to acquire 345 Lakotas through 2016, and the service has ordered 182 of the helicopters so far, along with five H-72A versions for the U.S. Navy. Aircraft already delivered to the Army are used in missions that include medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), search and rescue, drug interdiction, VIP transport and support – with the in-service UH-72A fleet logging more than 25,000 flight hours to date at an operational readiness rate of more than 90 percent.