The UH-72A Lakota is the new US Army's light utility helicopter, named after a Native American tribe. It's in line With the US Army's tradition of giving its helicopters Indian names. The Lakota is a military version of the Eurocopter EC145. Helicopters are being manufactured by American Eurocopter. It will replace the older UH-1H Iroquois and OH-58C Kiowa helicopters.
The UH-72A Lakota helicopter is unarmed. It's employed mainly for logistics and support missions in non-combat environments. It will as well perform medical evacuations and personnel recovery. This helicopter has a payload capacity of 1 790 kg. It can too carry a maximum underslung load of 1 500 kg. The Lakota has a crew of two and can accommodate up to 8 troops. Alternatively it can carry two stretchers and medical attendants.