Coming less than two weeks after the loss of a prototype, the United Arab Emirate’s (UAE) decision to invest in AgustaWestland’s commercial tiltrotor is a major boost in confidence for the project. The UAE Joint Aviation Command’s deal with the Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer, announced at the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 10, may be small and still subject to negotiation, but the commitment to purchase three aircraft, with options for an additional three, puts the UAE armed ...

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