Avoiding development risk was one reason that Japan chose the long-established Bell 412EPI in 2015 as the basis for an army utility helicopter. Three years later, the defense ministry is getting what it expected: Development of the 412 upgrade, the UH-X, is on schedule. Prime contractor Subaru has been working on integrating the UH-X’s limited amount of military equipment, while Bell has been developing an improved 412 that will serve as the basis of the UH-X. The ministry has further ...

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