Eurocopter will begin building Tiger HAD attack helicopters for Spain and France under an authorization to proceed received last month. This step will allow work to start on 24 Tiger HADs ordered by Spain, and 40 to be acquired by France in place of the now-abandoned HAP escort/combat support model. The value of the award was not divulged, but the Spanish aircraft are expected to cost about 1.3 billion euros ($1.76 billion). A final contract is due to be signed by mid-2005. The HAD ...

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