MELBOURNE, Australia – Airbus is publicly questioning Japan’s choice of the Bell 412 to fulfill the Japanese army’s UH-X utility helicopter requirement, contrasting its offer of an all-new helicopter with the venerable age of the selected type. The European manufacturer says it is extremely surprised at the decision. A request with partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) to the defense ministry for clarification follows six weeks after the announcement that Fuji Heavy ...

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