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Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota

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light utility
8 troops
3,950 lbs.
Turbomeca turboshafts
2 x 738 s.h.p. ea.
42 ft. 7 in.
11 ft. 9 in.
36 ft. 1 in.
3,950 lbs.
7,900 lbs.
150 mph
167 mph
1,600 fpm
18,000 feet
425 miles

The U.S. Army ordered a total of 345 Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota helicopters after they won their LUH (Light Utility Helicopter) competition.

The Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota is the military version of the light civilian utility helicopter produced by Eurocopter. It is made in the United States and used by the U.S. Army and Army National Guard.

Civilian Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota helicopters are used as VIP, oil rig, and hospital transports, by police departments, and for search and rescue. The military version is an unarmed utility helicopter, performing many of the same functions as its civilian versions.

The Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota fuselage is made from composites which provide for low maintenance, strength and reduced weight.

Inside the all-glass cockpit are LCD displays monitoring all helicopter functions. The GPS system is available for total flight navigation. The crew have night vision goggles available. All cockpit instruments are night vision compatible. Flight systems are dual-redundant for hydraulics, electrics, and auto pilot. There is even dual redundancy of transmission lubrication.

The relatively spacious cabin of the helicopter can easily be converted from troop transport to search and rescue medivac missions. In addition to large sliding doors on each side of the helicopter, big clam shell doors at the cabin rear facilitate loading and unloading.

The composite rotor blades of the Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota operate through a hingeless system for low maintenance, quicker response, minimal noise and vibration.>/font>

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Flying the Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota is a pleasant experience. The helicopter's main rotor turns counter clockwise, as with all U.S. Army helicopters. European helicopters have their rotor turning in the opposite direction. The hingeless rotor system is very smooth with little vibration no matter the speed or attitude of the helicopter, even while transitioning from low to high speeds and back again. Control inputs result in virtually instantaneous response while the helicopter's behavior is steady and easily controllable.

The twin engines of the Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota are digitally controlled. Combined with an energy management system they provide more than adequate power and quick acceleration. Hovering is easily accomplished. A noise reduction system that matches torque and rotor speed to demand is unobtrusive while performing perfectly.

Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota
Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota

RC Aerodyne has a Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota fuselage kit.  It is made from fiberglass and will fit 500 size mechanics.

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