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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

EADS Adds Mission Equipment to Lakotas

EADS North America’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X on display at AUSA in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Andrew Parker
America has started handing over UH-72A Lakota LUHs outfitted with security and support (S&S) battalion mission equipment packages (MEPs) to the U.S. Army National Guard. EADS will integrate MEPs on 52 new Lakotas, while 16 in-service UH-72As will receive upgrades at American Eurocopter’s facility in Columbus, Mo. The S&S mission equipment package features a center-line electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensor, searchlight, analog/digital video downlink, rear observer console with 15-inch display, enhanced tactical communications suite, onboard digital video recorder, and a video management system. EADS also announced that Rockwell Collins has joined its Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) team. Rockwell Collins will oversee design, engineering and production for simulators and training devices being developed for the U.S. Army. The AAS-72X is the Lakota’s armed spinoff.
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