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Old 06-10-2008, 02:27 PM   #1
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The US National Guard got its first two UH-72A "Lakota" Helicopters

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WASHINGTON (Army News Service, June 9, 200 - The National Guard received its first two UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters last week, marked by a ceremony Saturday in Tupelo, Miss.

The 1/114th Service Battalion in Tupelo showcased its two Lakota helicopters Saturday to a crowd of Soldiers, Civilians and city officials. Brig. Gen. Bill Freeman, adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard, helped unveil the new aircraft.

The Lakota is a commercial aircraft built for the military with slight modifications to conduct general support tasks in non-combat environments such as civil search and rescue, evacuation, counter-drug and limited civil command and control operations through Homeland Security.

Since the Army took delivery of its first UH-72A Lakota in November 2006, its builder, EADS North America, has delivered a total of 25 helicopters. The Lakotas have been fielded to the National Training Center Air Ambulance Detachment at Fort Irwin, Calif., to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., and to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Flight Detachment at Fort Eustis, Va. The Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Ala., also has Lakotas, and the Eastern Army Aviation Training Site at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., received one last week.

Plans are to field a total of 345 Lakota helicopters by 2017, and Product Manager Lt. Col. Jim Brashear said 60 of those are already under contract. He said 10 more Lakota Helicopters should be fielded to NTC next month. Detachment C, 1-114th Aviation of the Louisiana National Guard should also receive the Lakota next month, he said. Next will be the Florida National Guard in Jacksonville, Fla. Then two are scheduled to be fielded to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in October.

A number of modifications have recently been approved for the Lakota. A medevac kit will allow Soldiers to mount medical gear on the wall of the Lakota instead of storing it in a canvas bag on the floor of the helicopter. The medevac kit was something that was used on the civilian version of the Lakota air ambulance and Brashear said Soldiers feel the kit provides easier access to life-saving equipment.

Another modification tested last week at Fort Irwin, Calif., was the Engineer Inlet Barrier Filter. This filter keeps dust and other particles from entering the turbine engines and causing damage.
"We took the aircraft out to NTC and flew it in the dirt," Brashear said, adding that the filter performed even better than expected.
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National Guard Gets First Lakota Helicopters

The helicopter will be used by the National Guard for utility, search and rescue and homeland security and i *think* it'll replace the UH-60s and UH-1s in a number of NG units.



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Old 06-10-2008, 02:58 PM   #2
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Isnt that a eurocopter army version?
And....whats up with all the"native american tribe names"??
like:apache,chinook,iroquois huey and now we also lakota lol


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Old 06-10-2008, 03:08 PM   #3
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Good to see them gathering new stuff to defend with.


@supahpingi:Maybe because its America and they want to keep native names around.


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Old 06-10-2008, 04:21 PM   #4
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Isnt that a eurocopter army version?
And....whats up with all the"native american tribe names"??
like:apache,chinook,iroquois huey and now we also lakota lol
Do you know any Huey Indians?
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:58 PM   #5
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Do you know any Huey Indians?
The Huey's official name is the UH-1 Iroqouis (sp?) Huey was an adopted nickname.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:58 PM   #6
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Do you know any Huey Indians?

Yep, they live 2 doors down. Have a lovely dog called Buster.

E: damn you viper, my post made sense and cos of you, i had to edit it!
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Old 06-10-2008, 05:12 PM   #7
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i like the looks of that heli


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Old 06-10-2008, 07:05 PM   #8
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Isnt that a eurocopter army version?
And....whats up with all the"native american tribe names"??
like:apache,chinook,iroquois huey and now we also lakota lol
More or less the same reason they name tanks after Generals. Well, probably not quite the same reason, as it was originally the British who named American tanks after generals, but what have you.

Anyway, I'm sure it'll work very well in its role of being a cheep and cheerful helo that the NG can use stateside while the Hueys and Blackhawks are out in Iraq and Afghan.

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