Airbus Group has delivered the 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter to the U.S. Army. The Lakota is manufactured at the company's Airbus Helicopters facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas Todd, Army Project Manager for Utility Aircraft, accepted the delivery.
Since the UH-72A contract was awarded in 2006, the company has delivered the Lakota in seven different configurations for missions including training, border security, search and rescue, medical evacuation, disaster response, VIP transport and range support. Five aircraft are also in service with the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, which trains Navy, Marine Corps and Army test pilots.
UH-72A Lakota. Photo by Diane Bond
The 300th Army Lakota will serve with the Missouri National Guard. The aircraft was delivered in the Security and Support (S&S) Battalion configuration, which expands the UH-72A’s capabilities for missions ranging from disaster response to border security operations.
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