GARY, Ind. (AP) -
The Indiana National Guard aviation support center in the northwest part of
the state has received two new helicopters.
The Guard announced
Monday that the Gary base received the UH-72 Lakota helicopters Friday. They
replace OH-58 Kiowas that were formerly used.
The Lakota is a
light utility helicopter that can carry more troops than the Kiowa. It also
has improved communications and enhanced image transmission.
Along with homeland
security missions, the helicopters will be used to assist local, state and
federal law enforcement agencies in emergency response.
The Lakota is
manufactured in the U.S. by Airbus Group.