First Take (Oct. 1, 2018)

Credit: S. Ramadier/Airbus
DEFENSE Saying strong competition reduced the expected program cost by $1.7 billion, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a long-awaited contract worth $2.38 billion for up to 84 MH-139 helicopters —based on Leonardo’s AW139—that will replace aging Bell UH-1Ns used to guard U.S. nuclear missile...

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