Nevada Army Guard acquires 2 late-model Lakota UH-72 helicopters
By Spc. Adrianne Lopez
17th Sustainment Brigade
LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Army Guard’s wish list came to fruition during the
holiday season with its acquisition of two state-of-the-art UH-72B Lakota
helicopters in December. The Nevada Army Guard was one of nine National Guard
states to receive two late-model Lakotas to enhance rotary-wing aircraft
capabilities across the country, especially in mountainous states.
Department of Defense purchased 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters on Aug. 4, 2022,
and the Nevada Army Guard received two of the new helicopters based on its
domestic mission set and environmental factors. The new UH-72B model is more
powerful than the older UH-72A model and will allow for hoist rescue operations
at high elevations in Nevada. One UH-72B costs about $8 million, according to
recent public government procurement contracts.
Lakota is the U.S. Army’s light utility helicopter used widely in domestic
operations, including search and rescue, medical evacuation and disaster
response missions. The Lakota's versatility and advanced technology make it
well-suited for domestic missions.
Nevada Army Guard also possesses four older UH-72A Lakotas. Upon receipt of the
two UH-72B Lakotas in December, the Nevada Guard forwarded two 72As to Fort
Rucker, Ala.; those are set to be used for aviator training.
Det. B/C Co. 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment based in North Las Vegas is
the unit that will maintain and operate the new Lakotas.
Lakota is manufactured by Airbus Helicopters and has a range of more than 400
miles. The latest model features a wide spectrum of advanced technologies,
including a glass cockpit, digital autopilot and a powerful propulsion system.
The helicopter also has a spacious cabin that can accommodate up to seven
passengers, making it ideal for transporting personnel and equipment.
most visible difference between the B model and A model is the current five-bladed main
rotor, versus the four-bladed configuration of the earlier UH-72A. The B model
has a shrouded “Fenestron” tail rotor, instead of the open tail rotor of the A
commander Maj. Colton Brauer said the addition of the late-model Lakotas will
significantly enhance the Nevada Guard's ability to quickly respond to myriad
contingencies and support the state’s emergency responders.
UH-72B model has more lift, agility and speed in comparison to the 72A model,”
said Maj. Colton Brauer, the unit commander. “Now, when we do a
search-and-rescue or counter-drug mission or transport personnel in the 72B
model, we'll be more efficient.
the cockpit, we now have a four-axis autopilot and synthetic vision to see the
runways and terrain. It's a much safer aircraft for the aircrew and much more
comfortable (versus older model helicopters.)”