PARIS — The French government has exercised an option with Eurocopter to upgrade five more Cougar transport helicopters to keep them in service another 20 years. The deal is part of a 27-helicopter upgrade package the government signed in 2008. With this deal, upgrades for 10 of the total are now financed. The French army will receive four of the helos in the latest batch, with the air force the receiving the fifth. Under the program, the avionics system, self-protection suite, and ...


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