Upgrading the Bell 412 for Japan’s UH-X military program will produce a significantly improved helicopter for the civil market, including a higher gross weight. But Bell and partner Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) are planning to run separate production lines for the 412, rather than saving costs by consolidating manufacturing in Japan where the program has a new anchor customer, the Japanese army. FHI says its engineers are working at Bell’s Fort Worth facilities on the upgrade, ...

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