SYDNEY—Japan is budgeting ¥23-26.3 billion ($192-220 million) for development of a military-civil utility helicopter in a program it hopes to launch within 15 months, with production running until the 2030s. Airbus, Bell and Sikorsky are interested in the program, apparently teamed with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, respectively. The defense ministry’s budget for the program will be enough for heavily modifying a ...


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