Japan's last attempt at developing a twin-engine transport helicopter flopped. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) built only seven MH2000s from 1998 to 2003. Now Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has begun full-scale development of a similar aircraft, the UH-X utility helicopter, but with an important difference: KHI has a military contract and good prospects of building at least 100 of the helicopters for the Japanese army. Moreover, the aircraft looks well-placed as a new-technology ...

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