The United States Army recently took the first steps into obtaining thirty-five more UH-72 Lakota Helicopters. The army is looking to secure a contract with Airbus, the manufacturer of the UH-72. Airbus is the sole owner of the technical data on the UH-72, which means potential competitors are non-existent. For anyone else to produce UH-72 parts, data will have to be acquired and approved by the OEM. Airbus has delivered over 400 UH-72’s to the army since 2006, it is the only aircraft the army can use that has an airworthiness certificate by design. By placing this large order, the army is keeping the Airbus factory busy and keep jobs in place. The army will need these helicopters to keep their fleet up to date.
The UH-72A is a light utility helicopter that airbus designed specifically to meet the needs of the army. The army uses these helicopters for logistics, and support missions within the united states. The National Guard also uses the helicopters for disaster response missions, medical evacuations and homeland security.
The UH-72A is a military version of the eurocopter EC145.
The helicopter has tail rotors that are set to high set for fast and safe loading and unloading through main doors even when the rotors are in motion. The cockpit seats contain ergonomic cushions and a four-point restraint system, both up to FAA crashworthiness standards. The cabin has a modular design that allows for fast installation of a range of mission equipment which includes two stretchers, one crew chief and one medical attendant. The helicopter also has an externally mounted rescuer electric hoist, perfect for military rescue missions. This helicopter has many features that perfectly accommodate the military and the national guard.
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