Helicopter manufacturers expect Malaysia to order rotorcraft for at least search and rescue (SAR) missions in 2016-2020, possibly adding military functions to the requirement. Numbers and the exact role are uncertain, but an order for around eight helicopters of at least 8 metric tons (17,600 lb.) gross weight would not be surprising. Also possible is an order for attack helicopters – but that function is more likely to be incorporated into a utility type. Airbus has an advantage in ...

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