Oklahoma National Guard getting new helicopters
|Updated: 1/03/2013 11:03 am
||Published: 1/03/2013 10:59 am
The Oklahoma Army National Guard will receive four “Lakota” helicopters this year.
The helicopters will replace four “Kiowa” helicopters that have been in service for more than 30 years. The first two Lakotas are scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma in April with the final two following in May.
The UH-72A is a twin engine platform with a single four-bladed main rotor and was designed as a light utility helicopter for the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. It is a militarized version of the Eurocopter EC145 built by EADS North America.
The new helicopters will significantly increase the Oklahoma National Guard’s ability to conduct emergency support missions. Its primary missions will include homeland security, disaster-response, firefighting command and control and medical evacuations.
Oklahoma Army National Guard aircrews and aircraft maintainers are currently undergoing training at several locations throughout the Southwest preparing for the UH-72’s arrival.
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