Are You Flying with the Right Radio?

Pilots, having the right radio in your Lakota rotorcraft is the difference between communicating and not communicating.

The bad news is that some RT-5000 radios meant for Kiowa OH-58A/C models have been installed on the Lakota UH-72A models. The wrong radio sets were moved into unit avionic stocks and used in Lakotas as line replaceable units (LRUs).


Both airframes use RT-5000, remote-mount, multi-band AM/FM transceiver radios. The version used for OH-58A/C Kiowas does not allow for digital transmission and reception of the same frequency signals like the RT-5000 approved for the Lakota.

If your UH-72A’s radio isn’t operating properly, eyeball the part number (PN) and cross check that PN against the proper supplemental type certificate (STC) for the correct Mission Equipment Package (MEP) of the rotorcraft.

Lakotas operating in a security and support (S&S) MEP, need the RT-5000s with PN 400-105525-6011 for comm #4, and PN 400-105525-6111 for comm #5. For Lakotas in a non-S&S MEP configuration, the RT-5000 radio should be PN 400-015525-5111 operating in comm #4.

If you find an unauthorized radio in your Lakota, make the following entry in the aircraft logbook:


“RT-5000 (PN 400-015525-xxxx*) required removal and replacement per aircraft’s STC with correct RT-5000 (PN 400-015525-xxxx*)”

*Ensure the PN(s) reflect the RT-5000 to be removed and the correct PN(s) for the MEP version that is going to be installed.

Got questions about the RT-5000 radio? Contact Keith Stilwell, DSN 645-0797, (256) 955-0797 or email:


Stocking Bench Stock

Keeping stock of shop and bench stock can be a real pain in the rear for mechanics responsible for a wide variety of Army equipment.

Wherever maintenance take place, bench stock should be available for use in each location. Bench stock is 30 days of supply (DOS) and is low cost, high use, consumable Class II, III (packaged), IV and IX (less components) items used by maintenance personnel at an unpredictable rate.

All the details are in AR 710-2, Supply Policy Below National Level (Mar 08). Check out Para 2-23 for shop stock and Para 2-24 for bench stock.

Bench stock consists of common hardware like resistors, wire, tubing, rope, welding rods, sandpaper, gasket material, sheet metal, seals, oils, grease, repair kits and more. Always make sure you get semiannual approval for a shop and bench stock list from your maintenance officer.

When you’ve got a lot of bench stock, you’ll need somewhere to keep it. For a few dollars, your unit can order a small parts storage box, NSN 8115-00-663-0212 or two transport and storage cases, NSN 8115-00-663-0213. The first case has 64 plastic drawers that are 3x3x5 inches each. The second case has 24 plastic drawers. Sixteen are 6x2x5 inches. The remaining eight of them are 6x4x5 inches. All the drawers come with dividers and a slot for inserting a label.