Another European helicopter manufacturer is planting its flag in the U.S., by taking over facilities vacated by one of its American competitors. Switzerland-based newcomer Kopter Group hopes to assemble as many as 100 of its new SH09 single-engine light helicopters annually from 2025 in Lafayette, Louisiana, in facilities that were established by the state to support production of Bell’s Model 505 JetRanger X. Kopter wants to begin assembling helicopters there starting in 2020, ...


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