2008-12-22 - 50th UH-72AEADS North America delivers the 50 th UH-72A

LUH für US Army: Lieferungen laufen hochEADS North America delivered the 50 th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to the U.S.

LUH für US Army: Lieferungen laufen hoch
EADS North America delivered the 50 th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to the U.S. Army. This delivery marks another ontime milestone in the acquisition and fielding of the UH-72A to satisfy the Army's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program. The 50 th and 51 st UH-72As, were delivered to the Eastern Army Aviation Training Site (EAATS) at the American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Miss. where the Light Utility Helicopter, based on Eurocopter's EC145, is built. Based in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., the EAATS may operate as many as 18 UH-72As in the qualification of Army and Army National Guard aviators on the new LUH. These were the third and fourth Lakotas provided to the EAATS unit which received its initial two UH-72As in June and July, 2008.
The UH-72A first entered service in 2007, and deliveries to date have provided aircraft to Army and Army National Guard units in California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Army plans call for the acquisition of 345 Lakotas through 2016. With the Army's recent order of 39 aircraft, the count has now reached 123 UH-72As. The UH-72A is used for missions ranging from homeland security and drug interdiction, to support, logistics and medical evacuation flights (MEDEVAC).
Introduction of the UH-72A enables aging Army National Guard OH-58 and UH-1 rotarywing aircraft to be retired, while Lakota deliveries to the active component of the Army free up UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for assignment to warfighting missions. The Lakota fleet has an operational availability rate of over 90 percent, with more than 7,000 flight hours accumulated so far in U.S. Army operations.

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