Eurocopter will start development this year of an all-new replacement for its venerable 4-5 metric-ton Dauphin/Panther helicopter and is poised to launch a new hybrid rotorcraft as well. CEO Lutz Bertling told reporters Jan. 24 that Eurocopter and its industrial partners have cleared launch of the Dauphin successor, dubbed the X4, which will be powered by an all-new turboshaft engine from Turbomeca. But they are still awaiting approval of French stimulus funding that would permit the new ...


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