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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

U.S. Army Stands Up First Lakota Unit

The U.S. Army has activated its first unit of Eurocopter EC-145-based UH-72A Lakotas light utility helicopters. The first unit, the National Training Center Air Ambulance Detachment in Fort Irwin, Calif., was stood up with six Lakotas on May 22, the Army said. The service awarded a team led by EADS North America a $2.6-billion contract in June 2006 to produce up to 322 Lakotas over the next 10 years. The new machines are intended for non-combat homeland security, civil search and rescue, air ambulance and counter-drug operations flown by active Army and National Guard units in the continental United States and its territories. EADS is assembling the helicopters at the American Eurocopter plant in Columbus, Miss. For related news
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