Airbus And Leonardo Battle For UK Helicopter Replacement

Puma helicopter
Defense officials are considering moving up the Puma’s replacement starting in 2025, leaving a capability gap until the NMH’s introduction.
Credit: Tony Osborne/AW&ST

The UK’s need for a fleet of new-generation medium helicopters is generating a fierce rivalry between two of Europe’s largest rotorcraft manufacturers and is likely to become a political test of the government’s new defense policy. The helicopter businesses of Airbus and Leonardo have promised local...

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