The US Army has delivered the first five UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters to the joint multinational readiness centre (JMRC) of Germany.
The JMRC will use the helicopters for training and support operations of soldiers, joint forces and coalition partners.
The new Lakotas will replace the aging fleet of Vietnam-era UH-1 training helicopters, and support pilot training for combat engagements and transport observers military drills.
The helicopters provide enhanced flexibility in training operations, increased situational awareness and advanced communications equipment.
In addition, the helicopters will be equipped with a mission equipment package that includes a multiple integrated laser engagement system, a smart on-board data interface module and an electronic data manager.
JMRC is scheduled to receive an additional set of five UH-72As in January 2011.
The US Army has so far received over 110 UH-72As and is expected to acquire a total of 345 aircraft by 2016.