German-French plans for a heavy-lift transport that could be built in cooperation with U.S. manufacturers are nearing the initial definition phase, say Eurocopter executives. The two countries first floated the heavy-lift concept in mid-2004, under the name Heavy Transport Helicopter (HTH), as a replacement for aging Sikorsky CH-53s and Boeing CH-47s toward the end of the next decade. Heavy-lift capability is seen as central to Europe's out-of-theater peacekeeping and humanitarian ...

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