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WA National Guard Getting New Fleet Of Search and Rescue Helicopters
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:12 AM EDT
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:08 PM EDT
Posted by Carl Hensley, Reporter -
The Washington National Guard is getting a new fleet of helicopters to take over the job of the old choppers pilots have been flying since the 1970's.
- The Washington National Guard is getting a new fleet of helicopters to take over the job of the old choppers pilots have been flying since the 1970's
A fleet of new Airbus UH-72 Lakota helicopters will replace the decades-old technology.
These are twin-engine "light utility" helicopters, which will be used mainly for search and rescue operations throughout the state.
The choppers can hoist 600-pounds and have high-powered search cameras and sensors that can use infrared technology.
These are also lighter weight than the current Blackhawk helicopters in service right now.
They will be stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, but will be deployed anywhere in the state for emergencies.
The Washington National Guard is getting six of the helicopters costing $6 million. The National Guard only has one of these helicopters now; the rest will be delivered by the end of the year.
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