EADS North America (American Eurocopter) was selected as the winner of the Light Utility Helicopter competition
in 2006 for a Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS)/Non-Developmental Item (NDI) aircraft to replace the aging UH-1H/V and OH-58A/C fleet in the Army and Army National Guard Homeland units. Lakotas are built at the American Eurocopter facility in Columbus, Mississippi.
From 2009 the Lakota is also the prime training aircraft at the US Navy Test Pilot School (NTPS) helicopter course
was the proposed contender for the US Army Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition.