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chopper2004 15th Oct 2021 09:01

UH-72A Fleet plus 1 Million Flight hours
 
Across the US Army, Army National Guard and US Navy (Naval Test Pilots School) Airbus UH-72A Lakota has surpassed 1 million Flight hours.
[URL unfurl="true"]https://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2021/10/Airbus-Helicopters-UH-72-Lakota-fleet-surpasses-one-million-flight-hours.html
Over the last decade Ive had pleasure of seeing the Lakota be it aggressor OPFOR based at Hohenfels AAF (Ravens / Falcons) at ILA Berlin 2014 to USNTPS at AIr & Space Expo 2019 at Joint Base Andrews along with VA and MDArmy National Guard

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casper64 15th Oct 2021 16:53

Good piece of kit. Heard they are getting some new, much more capable B models (H145) as well…

https://www.flightglobal.com/helicop...145367.article

60FltMech 19th Oct 2021 15:09

UH-72A vs TH-73A
 
I have never worked on the UH-72 but everyone in my organization that does says the same things about the maintenance on the aircraft being fairly intense. (The fleet is ~180 aircraft used for primary helicopter training) Of course, if the Army had purchased a more modern variant(FADEC vs VARTOMS is one that sticks out) and contracted the logistics of parts supply differently a lot of these issues would have been taken care of, just looking from the outside.

I notice the US Navy did some things differently for their training Helicopter, the TH-73. They got a FADEC equipped, single engine helicopter with a glass cockpit for around half the price of the UH-72A.

So, those that have experience, which platform do you think is better for what the services are using them for: UH-72A(EC145) or TH-73A(AW119)?

Just curious.

RMK 19th Oct 2021 15:39

...so the US Army uses a French helicopter and the US Navy uses an Italian helicopter? 'Murica

RVDT 19th Oct 2021 16:12

Apparently the ANG have received the first of the "B" back in September?

At least some parts might be in common but maybe not that much!


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60FltMech 19th Oct 2021 16:28


Originally Posted by RMK (Post 11129004)
...so the US Army uses a French helicopter and the US Navy uses an Italian helicopter? 'Murica

Correct, but they are ASSEMBLED here so that’s cool. 🤣

The Air Force has AW139s now as well…

skadi 19th Oct 2021 18:24


Originally Posted by RMK (Post 11129004)
...so the US Army uses a French helicopter ....

It's a BK117, so it's mostly german!

skadi

casper64 19th Oct 2021 18:52


Originally Posted by skadi (Post 11129081)
It's a BK117, so it's mostly german!

skadi

And Japanese! 😃

RVDT 20th Oct 2021 05:44

And French and American and Israeli and UK and Swiss and ………

casper64 21st Oct 2021 20:51


Originally Posted by RVDT (Post 11129286)
And French and American and Israeli and UK and Swiss and ………

That’s where the parts are coming from. But BK stands for Bölkow Kawasaki…. The range of helicopters is designed by the two of them and even on the latest model I think Kawasaki delivers the entire fuselage and main gearbox.


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