Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota

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The Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota is a twin-engine helicopter with a single, four-bladed main rotor. The UH-72 is a militarized version of the Eurocopter EC145 and was built by American Eurocopter, a division of Eurocopter GmbH. Initially marketed as the UH-145, the helicopter was selected as the winner of the United States Army's Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) program on June 30th, 2006. In October 2006, American Eurocopter was awarded a production contract for 345 aircraft to replace ageing UH-1H/V and OH-58A/C helicopters in the US Army and Army National Guard fleets.

Variants[edit | edit source]

  • UH-72A: An unarmed utility military version of the EC145.
  • UH-72B: An upgrade of the UH-72A based on the civilian EC145T2.
  • AAS-72X: A proposed armed version of the UH-72 for the US Army's Armed Aerial Scout OH-58D replacement program offered by EADS and Lockheed Martin.
  • AAS-72X+: An armed military version of the Eurocopter EC145T2 also proposed for the Armed Aerial Scout program. It was equipped with more powerful engines with an extra 200 horsepower each, a fenestron shrouded tail rotor, and a fully digital glass cockpit.

Users[edit | edit source]

  • Thailand
    • Royal Thai Army x 15
  • United States
    • United States Army x 338 - another 42 on order
    • United States Navy x 6
      • United States Naval Test Pilot School

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