- MEPS ( Mission Equipment Package ) upgrade
The Eurocopter EC145 was the winner of the US Army LUH program for a new utility helicopter for Homeland units. 345 Lakotas are expected by 2015. Since 2010 they are also based in Germany.
As 2011, 178 were already delivered and latest Army National Guard aircraft incorporte the S&S Mission Equipment Package, or MEP which provides long range electro-optical sensors and the ability to record and downlink data for their homeland security, counter drug, and border patrol tasks.
On May 2012 the US Army fleet of 219 UH-72A Lakota surpassed the 100,000 flight hour milestone.
On 2014 was announced Lakotas will be used as the next generation glass cockpit, dual engine training helicopter as replacement of the TH-67 Creek and OH-58 Kiowa increasing the number procurement from 352 to 427. 106 new build and 81 re-configured helicopters will be in training configuration to be used in Fort Rucker, Alabama. First new built training configured UH-72A rolled off Columbus assembly line in March 2015.