TIANJIN, China—Avic’s project to produce the Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL) helicopter should soon be ready to present to the state group’s head office for launch approval, an industry source said. For the moment, the project for an unusually large helicopter, with a takeoff weight of 38.7 metric tons (85,300 lb.), is near the end of the preliminary design stage, said the source, who is close to the group but gave no precise timing for the decision on proceeding to full-scale ...

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