Finmeccanica’s Alenia North America has earned high marks from the U.S. Air Force on a small contract to refurbish tactical transports for Afghan forces, but it is unclear whether this performance will result in more U.S. defense ­business. As the company adds momentum to the M-346 bid, officials still hope for an uptick in C-27J sales to the Pentagon. The buy of 78 aircraft was trimmed to 38 in the Fiscal 2010 budget request, bringing to a halt plans for Alenia to break ground on a ...

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