US Army National Guard UH-72 to receive Cobham downlink
Cobham has announced that it is providing a crucial downlink as part of a Security and Support Mission Equipment Package designed to better support law enforcement and assist during state responses. Cobham made the announcement in a 2 April 2012 company statement.
The package includes a dual channel, high resolution Cobham tactical downlink system, with both FM and COFDM links. The High Resolution Downlink enables agents or National Guardsmen on the ground to use handheld receivers to see what the helicopter’s camera is viewing. It has a range up to 30 miles and can read details of a license plate from a mile away.
According to Cobham, the US Army National Guard will receive 108 UH-72 upgraded Lakota helicopters as part of this Security and Support programme and will use them to support law enforcement with a number of applications including search and rescue, homeland defense, drug interdiction and border patrol.
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