Inside the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter (Image © Airbus Helicopters)

Thai Army to get UH-72A Lakotas

Inside the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter (Image © Airbus Helicopters)
Inside the UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter (Image © Airbus Helicopters)

The Royal Thai Army will get six Airbus Helicopter UH-72A Lakotas, through a US foreign sales program. That means the light utility helicopters will be build in Columbus, Mississippi, USA.

The deal was announced on 28 March 2014 and is worth US$ 34 million. The Royal Thai Army Lakotas will get special mission equipment and a Raytheon radio system. The Thai Lakotas will start to arrive in 2015.

The UH-72A is the more militarized version of the originally by Eurocopter launched EC145, the chopper that has recently been selected by the Bolivian Air Force as well. Airbus Helicopters delivered 290 UH-72As so far to the US Army, the National Guard and the US Navy, for a unit price of 5.5 million a piece. In January 2014 US Congress approved the procurement of yet another 20 Lakotas for the US armed forces. The US Army took delivery of the first US made UH-72A Lakota on 11 December 2006.

Source: Airbus Helicopters

Footage of the UH-72 in US Army National Guard service