The UH-72A Lakota

Airbus Groupís UH-72A Lakota combines operational capability, reliability, and affordability Ė while fulfilling all of the Army's mission requirements for speed, range, endurance, and overall performance.

The Lakota entered U.S. Army service in 2007, and is a version of the technologically-advanced EC145 multi-mission helicopter – which is used worldwide for law enforcement, emergency medical transportation, search and rescue, offshore and utility operations, and corporate transport.

It leverages the latest in modern and proven technology to deliver superior performance, outstanding operational reliability, excellent maintainability and safety.  As an in-production helicopter with FAA IFR certification, the UH-72A meets the Army's commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) acquisition strategy.

The UH-72A's unobstructed main cabin is easily re-configurable to maximize mission flexibility, and the helicopter's sliding side and rear clamshell doors optimize access.  The high-set main and tail rotors provide unparalleled safety, access and space utilization, and allow loading/unloading of passengers, cargo and patients while the rotors are turning. 

Seating capacity of the Lakota is for two pilots and six passengers.  Two stretchers can be installed for MEDEVAC missions with a crew of four: pilot, co-pilot and two medics.  The helicopter’s large cockpit and cabin windows provide excellent visibility through all quadrants.

The application of proven and new COTS technologies 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.

In addition, the UH-72A's redundant hydraulic, electrical, and engine control systems – along with its crashworthy airframe and seats – provide a high level of flight safety and survivability.

Lakota helicopters incorporate a modern, night vision goggle-compatible glass cockpit.  Its Vehicle and Engine Management Display (VEMD) aids crewmembers in integrating and synthesizing flight and vehicle information, increasing their situational awareness and reducing pilot workload.