After years of meeting Pentagon demand via upgrades and remanufacturing, and being rewarded with profitable production contracts, the U.S. rotorcraft industry stands accused by its customer of being stagnant, no longer able to innovate rapidly in technology or execute reliably on programs. This is no surprise to the industry, which has warned for some time that the Defense Dept.’s lack of investment in research and development is eroding its capability to design the next generation of ...


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