|EADS North America’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X on display at AUSA in Washington, D.C. Photo by Andrew Parker|
America has started handing over UH-72A Lakota LUHs outfitted with security and support (S&S) battalion mission equipment packages (MEPs) to the U.S. Army National Guard. EADS will integrate MEPs on 52 new Lakotas, while 16 in-service UH-72As will receive upgrades at American Eurocopter’s facility in Columbus, Mo. The S&S mission equipment package features a center-line electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensor, searchlight, analog/digital video downlink, rear observer console with 15-inch display, enhanced tactical communications suite, onboard digital video recorder, and a video management system. EADS also announced that Rockwell Collins has joined its Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) team. Rockwell Collins will oversee design, engineering and production for simulators and training devices being developed for the U.S. Army. The AAS-72X is the Lakota’s armed spinoff.