Military, Public Service

Report: UH-72A "Not Operationally Suitable"

By James T. McKenna | August 15, 2007

Emergency Medical Service, Search and Rescue, Utility

The U.S. Army’s new LUH-72A Lakota is suitable for light utility missions, but is not effective for use in hot environments or the transport of two critical patients. Nor does it meet requirements for lifting external and internal loads. Those are among the findings of a July Pentagon evaluation of the aircraft produced by an EADS North America-led team that is based on the Eurocopter EC145. The Army plans to buy 322 of them. The findings were first reported today by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation based his findings on the Army’s operational test and evaluation of the UH-72A. “The LUH aircraft is not operationally suitable,” the director, Charles McQueary, says in the report. For related news

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