Europe is stepping up its challenge to the U.S. rotorcraft industry, with Eurocopter nearing the launch of its X4 medium twin and AgustaWestland opening the order book for its AW169 intermediate twin and closing in on taking control of the BA609 civil tiltrotor program from Bell Helicopter. Already dominant in the civil market, both European manufacturers are pushing hard to win U.S. government business with military derivatives of their commercial products. The companies are touting a ...


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