Tennessee Army National Guard ‘rolls out’ new Lakota aircraft
Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:02 pm
Smyrna – The Tennessee Army National Guard displayed its newest aircraft today at a “Roll-out” ceremony at the Guard’s Army Aviation Support facility at the Smyrna airport.
The 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 is built by American Eurocopter division of EADS North America in Columbus, Miss. The helicopter was selected as the winner of the Army’s Light Utility
Helicopter (LUH) program in June 2006. The helicopter replaces the aging UH-1 and OH-58 helicopters in the Army and the Army National Guard.
The Tennessee National Guard is one of the first states to field the new helicopter. It is designed for a wide range of missions, from general support and medical evacuation to personnel recovery and counterdrug operations.
Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General and Jim King, EADS North America Director of Business Development for Reserve Component Forces spoke of the diverse role that the UH-72 will play within the National Guard.
“The Lakota will give us another capability to support the citizens of the state of Tennessee. Its reconnaissance and MEDEVAC capability and its ability to be used in a variety of light utility missions is a valuable asset for our operations throughout the state.” Maj. Gen. Haston said.
“We are excited about the possibilities this new aircraft affords us for both military and civilian response missions.”
Published in The WCP 7.22.10