Avicopter is in a hurry. It is racing against the clock to prepare a set of competitive products for an expected boom in Chinese civil helicopter demand by 2018. Having developed just one small civil helicopter substantially on its own, the rotary-wing subsidiary of Avic is rushing to design two additional projects: a second all-new type and an upgrade of the Eurocopter Dauphin so extensive as to be barely recognizable. A sign of Avicopter's anxiety is that the upgrade project, the ...

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