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The Indiana National Guard welcomed two new UH-72 Lakota helicopters at the Limited Army Aviation Support Facility in Gary Monday. The Lakota is a light utility helicopter with improved communications, enhanced image transmission and increased troop carrying capacity compared to the OH-58 Kiowas being replaced. The Lakota will be used to support local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in emergency response actions and homeland security missions. [Photo: Indiana National Guard unveils the UH-72 Lakota, right, in a ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Gary, Ind., Monday, May 5, 2014. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Tinsley, Indiana National Guard Public Affairs]
"These aircraft will provide Indiana with increased capabilities, including search and rescue, disaster response and support to local law enforcement," said Ted Mickevicius, Airbus Group vice president of business development, "The Indiana National Guard will be better prepared than ever to answer the call, to respond to emergencies in local communities and the state."
"It's a valuable asset for Indiana and an important tool for supporting our communities and serving our citizens," said Lt. Col. Daniel Lane, Indiana National Guard's director of aviation and safety. "It also comes at a much lower operating cost than any other modern airframe in our inventory." The Lakota is manufactured in the U.S. by Airbus Group and created over 300 production jobs. Over half of these are filled by service veterans, according to the Indiana National Guard.
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