Military

Louisiana Guard UH-72 To Support US Border Patrol

By R&WI Staff | May 25, 2018

LUH-72 Lakota Source: Louisiana National Guard

The Louisiana Army National Guard (LANG) recently sent an aviation team equipped with an Airbus LUH-72 Lakota utility helicopter to provide air support to the U.S. Border Patrol following a request from the state of Texas and approval of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

LANG sent one LUH-72 Lakota with two pilots and one crew chief to assist Border Patrol agents with air support along the Texas-Mexico border. The Lakota is equipped with a mission equipment package that includes an infrared camera for nighttime operations and camera recording capabilities.

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The request for support has been approved for an initial 90-day deployment.

Louisiana's National Guard State Aviation Command consists of eight units with 800 soldiers, more than 30 rotorcraft and a single Beechcraft C-12 Huron. It operates 26 Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks and eight Lakotas.

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