Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Military Space News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



MILTECH
US Army's new Lakota packed with high-tech gear

Source: US Army
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 28, 2011
The Army National Guard is preparing to receive the first light utility helicopter equipped with a new, state-of-the-art mission equipment package.

The new MEP aboard the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter includes an electro-optical/infrared sensor, enhanced cockpit screens, high power illuminator system, analog-digital data downlink capability and GPS-enhanced moving map displays.

A UH-72A "security and support" MEP was on display at the Army Aviation Association of America's Annual Exposition, April 17-20, in Nashville, Tenn. The package will complete certification testing in May, and be followed by training before being delivered to the National Guard.

The S and S-equipped LUH aircraft will be ready to conduct humanitarian and disaster relief efforts as well as other key missions such as border patrol and counter-drug enforcement.

One system aboard the S and S aircraft is a GPS-guided navigation system with moving maps and street addressees - something useful when conducting domestic missions.

"We put a navigation system in which allows us to put in a street address and it will navigate pilots to that precise location," said Col. Neil Thurgood, program manager, utility helicopters. "We learned during Hurricane Katrina that the fire department, for example, will say 'hey... go to the corner of 5th and Main.' As Army aviators we don't necessarily know where that is."

Gregory Barth, LUH project management office avionics lead, said the system guides aviators to those locations to help them facilitate rescues, for instance, or to conduct counter-drug operations.

"We have aeronautical charts and you can zoom through those and get down into street level maps," Barth said.

"If you are doing a MEDEVAC mission for example, where you are given a street address, we can enter that street address into our database and command that to our flight management system which will direct the pilots to that exact location. The pilots will get all the visual cues on how to get there. We can also use it for aircraft which do counter-drug missions. The moving map is a great addition to this aircraft as it gives pilots a lot more situational awareness."

The new Lakota S and S package also comes equipped with a MX15i EO/IR sensor and Data Downlink enabling pilots to view and share key data in real time with personnel on the ground, Barth explained.

"The data downlink allows units on the ground to see what the aircraft is seeing out of its sensor. It is a dual frequency band that is conducive for both imagery and video," he said.

The aircraft also has a new RT5000 radio system able to transmit simultaneously on multiple bands.

"What's unique about this is not only can we communicate on all the civil band radios such as police, fire department, hospitals and first responders but we can also communicate on the military frequencies," said Thurgood.

The Army National Guard plans to buy at least 100 UH-72A S and S package aircraft; 17 of them will be retrofitted and 83 of them will roll new off the production line, Barth explained.

The UH-72A is built by EADS North America through at their American Eurocopter production facility in Columbus, Miss.

"This is important to us," Thurgood said. "This is jobs, technical skills and advanced avionics coming to the United States in support of our military and our industrial base in support of our mission."

The addition of UH-72A's into the Army inventory has freed up at least 23 Black Hawk helicopters for military service oversees, Thurgood said.

Also, Thurgood praised the Army for sticking to its requirements for the Lakota aircraft and praised EADS North America for delivering aircraft on cost and schedule. The Lakota helicopter is built mostly with commercial-off-the-shelf technologies.



Share This Article With Planet Earth
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook



Related Links
US Army
The latest in Military Technology for the 21st century at SpaceWar.com



Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News


MILTECH
Boeing Vigilare System Completes Operational Testing in Australia
Williamtown RAAF Australia (SPX) Apr 28, 2011
The Boeing Vigilare network centric command and control system has passed its last formal operational test. Testing took place at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown's Eastern Regional Operations Centre (EROC) from March 28 to April 8. The testing established that EROC is ready for operations as it demonstrated Vigilare's full range of functionality in preparation for condit ... read more







MILTECH
Biden, Putin discuss trade, missile defense

Sea-Based Missile Defense Flight Test Results In Successful Intercept

Netanyahu thanks Obama for 'Dome' missile funding

Aegis BMD System Engages Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile For First Time

MILTECH
Indonesia tests Yakhont missile, finally

U.S. Army Awards Raytheon $173 Million Contract for Excalibur

Pakistan tests latest defensive missile

LockMart Tests JAGM Tri-Mode Seeker On Sabreliner

MILTECH
First Flight of Heavy-Fuel Powered Fury 1500 UAS

US drone attack kills six militants in Pakistan

US mulling drones for Pakistan despite tensions

US carries out first drone strike in Libya: Pentagon

MILTECH
LockMart Battle Command System Replaces US Army Legacy System

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Integration of MONAX Communications System with Air Force Base Network

Preparations Underway As US Army Gears Up For Large-Scale Network Evaluations

Global Military Communications Market In 2010

MILTECH
US Army's new Lakota packed with high-tech gear

Boeing Vigilare System Completes Operational Testing in Australia

Researchers create terahertz invisibility cloak

Apache to Field Ground Fire-Detection System

MILTECH
India rejects Russia's fighter jet bid: official

India shortlists Rafale, Eurofighter for jet deal

India scraps Gripen from its jet shortlist

Panetta: savvy US politico to tackle defense budget

MILTECH
China's PM Wen says economic ascent not a threat

Panetta to Pentagon in Obama shake-up

China's army chief to visit US in May: state media

General Petraeus, war 'hero' in Iraq, to lead CIA

MILTECH
MLD Test Moves Navy A Step Closer To Lasers For Ship Self-Defense

US Navy And Northrop Grumman Accomplish Goals For At-Sea Demonstration Of Maritime Laser

Scientists Build World's First Anti-Laser

Yale scientists build 'anti-laser'


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement