Japan plans to proceed with development of the UH-X, successor to the Fuji/Bell UH-1J utility helicopter, in its midterm defense plan for 2010-14. The main contenders are Fuji and Kawasaki, the former offering a twin-engine version of the UH-1J, and the latter a design derived from its OH-1 Ninja Scout. The outcome may seal the fate of Fuji’s helicopter business. This suffered a blow when the defense ministry decided in 2007 to procure only 13 of the AH-64D Apache helicopters it builds ...

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