On 3 October 2016, SES delivered its seventy-fifth UH-72A aircraft to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker. The UH-72A Lakota’s have been selected by the Army to replace the Bell TH-67 Jet Rangers as the Army’s initial training helicopter.
Since 20 October 2014, SES has been reconfiguring and modifying UH-72As for the Utility Helicopter Project Office in support of the Army Aviation training strategy. Additionally, SES produced kits for additional aircraft to be modified, and painted thirty-two aircraft prior to delivery.
SES received aircraft in multiple configurations used for medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions; search and rescue operations; border patrol; VIP transport; general aviation support; and in combat flight training at the service’s training centers. Demodification of standard components and installing all required modifications provides a single configuration for IERW students to begin flight training.