Here is a number to catch the attention of the rotorcraft industry: India needs 1,000 helicopters by 2020, says the country’s defense minister. It is not likely to get even 500 in that time, industry officials say. But the sheer scale of its requirements has contributed to an extraordinary array of helicopter programs that have not yet reached production contracts. For four programs, still subject to competition, a total of 434 helicopters is required. In three other programs covering ...

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