AgustaWestland is preparing to begin flight trials of its 8-metric-ton-class AW149 troop transport helicopter, after unveiling significant design changes made to the rotorcraft since program launch two years ago. A risk-reduction aircraft with a new cabin and avionics will be flown this year to smooth the path for the first AW149 prototype to fly in 2010. The pace of activity is being stepped up as the Italian helicopter maker tries to secure a potential $2-billion launch order for ...


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