Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) — UH-72A
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The UH-72A Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) is a Commercial/Non-Developmental-Item, twin-engine helicopter with seating for two pilots, capable of transporting up to six passengers. The medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) configuration is equipped with two North Atlantic Treaty Organization standard litters and seating for a medical attendant and crew chief. Visual and instrument flight certified, the UH-72A is equipped with a night-vision-compatible glass cockpit and modern communications and navigation avionics, including autopilot and dual Global Positioning Systems with Wide Area Augmentation System. Other aircraft configurations include Combat Training Center Opposing Forces and Observer/Controller, Security and Support and VIP. Since 2016, the UH-72A has been used at Fort Rucker, Alabama, for the Initial Entry Rotary Wing/Basic Warfighting Skills Trainer.


The UH-72A Lakota is a light helicopter that operates worldwide in permissive environments to meet Homeland Defense and Security, general support, reconnaissance, command and control operations, search and rescue, and training requirements. Homeland Defense and Security missions include assistance to border patrol operations, terrorist incident response, counterdrug operations and disaster relief missions, as well as Generating Force MEDEVAC capability for the U.S. Army National Guard.


  • Maximum speed: 145 knots
  • Range: 370 nautical miles
  • Endurance: 3.5 hours
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 7,903 pounds


1QFY17: Awarded follow on Contractor Logistics Support Contract
1QFY18: Army Acquisition Objective increase to 462 aircraft
2QFY18: Awarded undefinitized contract actions for production of 51 aircraft


4QFY18-1QFY19: Definitize follow-on Production Contract for 51 aircraft
3QFY18: Sources Sought for production of 11 aircraft
1QFY22: Transition to Sustainment


  • Airbus Helicopter, Inc. (Grand Prairie, TX)