The U.S. Army’s UH-72A Lakota helicopters fly past New York City’s Statue Of Liberty in November 2018. The Lakota is produced by Airbus Helicopters at its facility in Columbus, Mississippi. It is the U.S. version of the H145M for the U.S. Army, with more than 430 having been delivered on time, on quality and on cost.Read more
The UH-72A Lakota is the U.S. Army's multi-mission helicopter. Selected in June 2006 following a rigorous evaluation, it combines operational capability, reliability and affordability, fulfilling all of the Army's requirements for speed, range, endurance and overall performance. As an in-production helicopter with FAA IFR certification, the UH-72A meets the Army's commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) acquisition strategy.
The Lakota is a version of the technologically-advanced and operationally-proven H145 family multi-mission helicopter, which is used worldwide for law enforcement, emergency medical transportation, search and rescue, offshore and utility operations, and corporate transportation.
Incorporation of proven and new COTS technologies, combined with the UH-72A's operational capabilities, result in an aircraft that is exceptionally easy and affordable to operate and maintain. Extensive use of new, lightweight manufacturing materials and extensive system modularity simplifies maintenance, reducing lifetime ownership costs and logistics requirements.
U.S. Army pilots benefit from the UH-72A’s VEMD (Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display) and its night vision goggle (NVG) compatible glass cockpit, which synthesizes flight and vehicle information, increasing situational awareness and reducing crew workload.
The Lakota's redundant hydraulic, electrical, and engine control systems – combined with its crashworthy airframe and energy-attenuating pilot and passenger seats – add a high level of flight safety and survivability to the type’s exceptional flight characteristics. Power from the aircraft’s reliable Arriel turboshafts is delivered through a proven hingeless rotor system to the UH-72A’s advanced technology composite rotor blades. Coupled with advanced blade design, this decreases vibration and noise, while enhancing aerodynamic efficiency and mission performance.
The UH-72A's unobstructed main cabin is easily re-configurable to maximize mission flexibility. The helicopter's sliding side and rear clamshell doors optimize access and effective space utilization, offering rapid troop deployment and substantial mission growth potential. The Lakota can carry up to nine troops on crashworthy seats, while two stretchers can be installed for MEDEVAC missions.
Military Services rely on the UH-72A Lakota’s versatility in multiple configurations to accomplish missions that include:
With evolving military missions, the UH- 72A Lakota can support growth of new requirements with a wide range of advanced Mission Equipment Packages (MEPs).