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Quad A 2017: Lakotas upgraded for the future

19th April 2017 - 13:00 GMT | by Jim Dorschner in Washington DC


The US Army is overseeing several modernisation efforts for the service's fleet of UH-72A Lakotas.

Although the type only entered service in 2007, the H145-derived UH-72A, built in Mobile, Alabama, has proven to be one of DoD's most successful acquisition programmes.

The army's UH-72As are in use in support of missions including training, air medical transport, and search and rescue, with Army National Guard units flying Lakotas in support of customs and border protection operations on the south-western border.

In 2016, the entire fleet of some 350 Lakotas completed a wide-area augmentation system navigation upgrade, migrating from traditional

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Jim Dorschner


Jim Dorschner

Jim Dorschner is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with 24 years service roughly split …

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