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UH-72A Lakota

The UH-72 Lakota Light Utility Helicopter is a twin-engine U.S. Army multi-role utility helicopter. It provides reliable and sustainable general and administrative support in permissive environments at reduced acquisition and operating costs. The Lakota is one of the most versatile and functional helicopters in its weight class.
UH-72A Lakota Copyright © Airbus

Status

In active service

Contractors

Primary contractor: EADS North America
Security and support mission equipment package: LCX Systems - Sarasota, Florida, USA
Security and support mission equipment package: Sierra Nevada Corporation - Sparks, Nevada, USA
Security and support mission equipment package: Ranger Rotorcraft Group - Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Security and support mission equipment package: MARK IV Luminator - Plano, Texas, USA
Security and support mission equipment package: L3 Communications - New York, New York, USA

Crew

2 Pilots

Capacity

8 troops
- OR -
1 793,05 kilograms of external cargo 3 953 pounds of external cargo
- OR -
2 stretchers
1 medical crew

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length (fuselage): 10.18 meters 33.4 feet
Length with rotating rotor: 13.1 meters 42.7 feet
Main rotor diameter: 11 meters 36.1 feet
Tail rotor diameter: 1.95 meters 6.4 feet
Width (fuselage): 1.74 meters 5.7 feet
Height: 3.44 meters 11.3 feet
Weight
Empty weight: ~1 792 kilograms 3 950 pounds
Maximum takeoff weight: ~3 585 kilograms 7 903 pounds
Features
Power plant: two Turbomeca Arriel 1E2 turboshaft engines
Performance: 736 shaft horsepower (each engine)
Cruise speed: 131 knots (~243 kilometers per hour) (~151 miles per hour)
Maximum speed: 145 knots (~269 kilometers per hour) (~167 miles per hour)
Service ceiling: ~5 486 meters 18 000 feet
Range: 370 nautical miles (~685 kilometers) (~426 miles)
Rate of climb: 8.13 meters per second 1 600 feet per minute