Eurocopter EC145

UH-72A Lakota


Eurocopter UH-72A Lakota

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

The AAS-72X was the proposed contender for the US Army Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) competition.


Engine: 2 x Safran (Turbomeca) Arriel 1E2 738 shp
Capacity: 2 + 8
Length: (m) 13
Height: (m) 3.45
Blades: 4
Rotor diam.: (m) 11
Disc area: (m2) 95
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 1792     Max: 3585
Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 246     Max: 269
Range: (km) 685
Ceiling: (m) 5800
Rate/Climb: (m/min) 487

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