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Iowa Guard to Introduce New Aircraft

(Des Moines) - The Iowa Army National Guard will introduce two new models of aircraft on Tuesday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The new helicopters: the upgraded CH-47F Chinook and the UH-72A Lakota. A public introduction of the aircraft will be held later that day from 5-7 p.m. at the flight facility.

Built by Boeing since the early 1960s, the latest CH-47F Chinook features a new digital cockpit and enhanced communications and navigation equipment for improved situational awareness, mission performance, and survivability. Airframe structural modifications reduce vibrations, which lowers operation and support costs and improves crew endurance. Other airframe modifications reduce by approximately 60 percent the time required for aircraft tear-down and build-up for long-distance transportation by ship, rail, ground, or cargo aircraft.

Iowa has both versions of the UH-72A Lakota – one with the Security and Support Mission Equipment Package (MEP), the other, the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) package.

The overall mission of these units is to fly, maintain, and refuel CH-47F Chinook and UH-72A Lakota helicopters. They provide air movement support of personnel and equipment, conduct air assault operations, and perform humanitarian relief missions in a theater of operation. Members of these units were last deployed from November 2010 to November 2011, where they served in Iraq for Operation New Dawn.

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