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UH-72A Lakota  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 11 December 2006
Total Production: 423
Unitary Cost: USD$5.8 million
Total Cost: USD$2.0 billion
Also Known As: AAS-72X and UH-145
Origin: Germany and United States of America
Corporations: American Eurocopter, CAE, EADS North America*, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and WestWind Technologies   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: BK 117
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 1,368
Family Members: EC145, H145 and H145M
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Description: The UH-72A Lakota, formerly known as the UH-145, is a customized version of Eurocopter's EC145 aircraft developed to meet the US Army requirements for a next-generation Light Utility Helicopter (LUH). LUH program was intended to replace the UH-1 and OH-58 helicopters within the US Army and the National Guard. The US Army selected the EADS North America's UH-145 solution on 30 June 2006. The initial requirement was for up to 352 UH-145s with an estimated program lifecycle of $3 billion. The current program scope is for 322 UH-72As worth $2 billion through 2015.

EADS North America team comprises American Eurocopter handling the helicopter's production, assembly and delivery; Sikorsky Aircraft responsible for contractor logistics support (CLS); WestWind Technologies for systems integration, engineering support and program management expertise; and CAE USA which supplies the UH-72A/UH-145 cockpit procedures trainers. The UH-145 assembly line will be located at Columbus, Mississippi, in a 92,000 square feet facility. EADS North America delivered the first Lakota to the US Army on December 11, 2006.

UH-72A Lakota Specifications

Crew: 1
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Troops: 9
Height: 3.45 meter (11.3 foot)
Length: 10.2 meter (33.4 foot)
Width: 1.84 meter
Ceiling: 5,485 meter (17,995 foot)
Max Range: 700 kilometer (378 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 1,384 shp (1,032 kW)
Cruise Speed: 66 mps (237 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 77 mps (150 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 4 hour (0.17 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 3,550 kilogram (7,826 pound)
Payload: 1,700 kilogram (3,748 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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UH-72A Lakota News

There are 36 news between
30 Jun 2006 and 21 Dec 2016
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016US Army Awards Five-Year Contract for Lakota Helicopter Support
Thursday, November 12, 2015US Army Orders 12 Additional UH-72A Lakota Helicopters
Thursday, March 26, 2015Airbus Group Delivers First New UH-72A Lakota for Army Initial-entry Trainer Mission
Monday, September 29, 2014FMS: Thailand Wants Nine UH-72A Lakota Helicopters
Thursday, June 20, 2013FMS: Thailand Seeks Six UH-72A Lakota Helicopters
Wednesday, November 14, 2012US Army Orders 34 Additional UH-72A Lakota Helicopters
Thursday, March 1, 2012EADS North America Delivers 200th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter to US Army
Tuesday, January 10, 2012EADS North America Awarded Production Contract for 39 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters
Monday, October 10, 2011EADS North America Begins Deliveries of Lakota Helicopters with an Advanced Mission Equipment Package
Wednesday, August 24, 2011US Army Takes Delivery of 180th UH-72A Lakota Helicopter

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America417
US Army (400) and US Navy Test Pilot School (5)
May 2014300
Jan 2012198
Aug 2011180
Aug 2010125

Grand Total 4232
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