Airbus is urging Japan to base its next army utility helicopter on the X4, an advanced rotorcraft that the European manufacturer is developing for the civil market. If the offer is accepted, the army UH-X program could be a breakthrough in Japan’s process of entering into the global arms market, since the military X4 would become a partly Japanese product offered for international sale. Because Japan is now willing to consider arms exports, Airbus Helicopters and long-time partner ...

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