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UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter
 
 
 
UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video United States American US USAF Air Force aviation aerospace defence industry military technology
 
Description

The UH-72A Lakota is a military version of the Eurocopter EC145 helicopter and is built by American Eurocopter division of EADS North America. A version of the technologically advanced and proven EC145 multi-mission helicopter, the UH-72A benefits from demonstrated performance in roles that range from law enforcement and emergency medical transportation to search and rescue (SAR), offshore utility operations and corporate transport. The UH-72A Lakota is the U.S. Army’s choice for its new Light Utility Helicopter. Fulfilling the service’s requirements for speed, range, endurance and overall performance, the FAA IFR certified UH-72A combines operational capability, reliability, and affordability in a flexible and proven platform to meet the LUH mission’s demanding requirements. One of the most versatile and functional helicopters in its weight class, the UH-72A has the room and lift capability for future mission growth. It adapts easily and rapidly for diverse operations as a result of its design approach. The aircraft leverages modular utility systems that can be quickly installed and removed to meet demanding and evolving mission requirements, enhancing its flexibility to perform SAR, MEDEVAC, security support and command and control mission functions. The Lakota entered service in June 2007. Full-rate production was authorised in August 2007. The US Army's requirement is for a total of 322 helicopters with a potential value of $2bn. In December 2008, the US Army ordered a further 39 Lakotas, extending production to the end of 2010. Five more were ordered in January 2009, bringing the total confirmed order for the army to 128. The 50th and 51st UH-72 were delivered in December 2008. The US Army will acquire a total of 345 twin engine helicopters worth $2bn by 2015. In March 2012, the US Army receives the 200th UH-72A Lakota helicopter.

 
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Technical Data
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Design
The incorporation of proven and new COTS technologies not only provide the UH-72A with exceptional operational capabilities but also result in an aircraft that is exceptionally easy and affordable to operate and maintain. The use of new, lightweight manufacturing materials and extensive system modularity simplify the UH-72A’s maintenance, reducing lifetime ownership costs and the logistics footprint. Operationally, the UH-72A’s unobstructed and easily reconfigurable main cabin maximizes mission flexibility, while the sliding side and rear clamshell doors provide unmatched main cabin access and enable the most effective space utilization. The high-set main and tail rotor allow the rapid and safe loading and unloading of passengers and cargo. These procedures are faster and safer, increasing efficiency and reducing hazards for ground personnel. The cabin is fitted with BAE System's Simula passenger seats which are of fold-up design and meet FAA crashworthiness standards. The cockpit and passenger seats are of high strength lightweight composites construction and include aramid and graphite materials
Propulsion
Twin-engine power is delivered through a proven hingeless rotor system to the UH-72A’s advanced technology composite rotor blades. This decreases vibration and noise while enhancing aerodynamic efficiency and mission performance. The UH-72A Lakota is powered by two Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 tuboshaft engines, each providing 550kW of take-off power and 516kW continuous power.
Avionics
The UH-72A leverages the latest in modern and proven technology to deliver superior performance, outstanding operational reliability, excellent maintainability and safety. Pilots benefit from the UH-72A’s VEMD (Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display) in the night vision gogglecompatible glass cockpit, which integrates and synthesizes flight and vehicle information - increasing situational awareness and reducing crew workload.
Accessories
The UH-72A Lakota is equipped with navigation and communication system which include VHF communication transceivers, dual VHF navigation receivers, DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) transceiver, RT-5000 wideband transceiver, P-2000 communication transceiver.
 
Specifications
Type
Light utility helicopter
Country user
United States
Country producer
United States
Crew
2 + 8 passengers
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Engine
2 × Turbomeca ARRIEL 1E2, 551 kW
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Speed
Maximum speed: 269 km/h
Range
685 km maximum
Weight
3,585 kg take-off
Avionics
anti-ship missile, anti-tank missile Rocket launcher, fire bombs or machine gun pod
Dimension
Length: 13.03 m; Rotor diameter: 11.0 m;
Height: 3.45 m
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UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video United States American US USAF Air Force aviation aerospace defence industry military technology
 
UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video United States American US USAF Air Force aviation aerospace defence industry military technology
UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video United States American US USAF Air Force aviation aerospace defence industry military technology
UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video United States American US USAF Air Force aviation aerospace defence industry military technology
UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter technical data sheet specifications intelligence description information identification pictures photos images video United States American US USAF Air Force aviation aerospace defence industry military technology
 
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