Dalrymple Celebrates Arrival of New UH-72A Lakota Helicopters to North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined federal, state and tribal officials in celebrating the arrival of UH-72A Lakota Helicopters to the North Dakota National Guard’s aircraft fleet. The Lakota is the U.S. Army’s newest light utility helicopter and is designed for civil support, search and rescue, and homeland security missions.
“This is a great day for North Dakota as a new, state-of-the-art helicopter is added to the National Guard’s inventory of resources available to serve our communities and protect our people,” Dalrymple said. “The Lakota will be a valuable asset to our state and will expand the Guard’s capabilities for defending our borders and responding to natural disasters and emergencies.”
Two Lakota helicopters were dedicated during a ceremony at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck and were blessed and officially named by a Native American spiritual leader. The Army has a tradition of providing its helicopters with Native American names. The helicopters were named “Eagle” and “Turtle.”
The UH-72A Lakota is a twin-engine aircraft that will replace the UH-1H Iroquois and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters. It is designed to travel faster and carry more cargo than other light utility helicopters and is equipped with advanced technology and communications systems.