UH-72A Lakota reaches 40000 flight hours
The UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter has surpassed the 40,000-flight hour milestone in operational service with the U.S. Army and Army National Guard.
Built at the company’s American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Miss., a total of 138 Lakotas have been delivered to date for fielding to Army and Army National Guard units, which also includes five for the U.S. Navy.
This rotary-wing aircraft is operated by active duty Army and Army National Guard units in missions that include medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), search and rescue, drug interdiction, VIP transport and general aviation support.
The majority of UH-72As delivered to date are based at locations from coast to coast in the United States. Other deployments have placed Lakotas with the National Guard in Puerto Rico, at the Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Germany, and on the Pacific Ocean’s Kwajalein Atoll in support of the Army’s Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site. The fleet of Lakotas has consistently achieved an operational readiness rate greater than 90 percent.