Feature story Video spotlight: The Utah Army National Guard shows off its two new UH-72A Lakotas

September 12, 2013

A new video highlights the delivery of two UH-72A Lakota helicopters to the Utah Army National Guard, which were handed over to enhance the unit’s role in homeland defense operations.

These aircraft – which arrived July 29 at the Utah Army Aviation Facility in West Jordan – are assigned to the Utah Army National Guard’s Detachment 2, Bravo Company, 1-11th Aviation.

The video, posted to the DVIDS defense video and imagery distribution system ( and embedded below, shows the two new Lakotas as they are flown by the Utah Army National Guard through the mountains of Colorado and Utah.

UH-72A Lakotas are operating from basing locations across the continental U.S., as well as in Puerto Rico, Germany and the Pacific Ocean’s Kwajalein Atoll.  To date, program prime contractor EADS North America has delivered 278 Lakotas – all on time and on budget – from its American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Mississippi, where up to five aircraft per month are produced by a workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans.


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