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AgustaWestland 'disappointed' over Turkish utility helicopter decision

22nd April 2011 - 10:00 GMT | by Tony Osborne in London


AgustaWestland says it is disappointed after the Turkish government awarded its Utility Helicopter Programme (TUHP) contract to Sikorsky.

The $3.5 billion contract was announced by Minister for National Defence Vecdi Gonul on 21 April and will see 109 Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawks being built in conjunction with Turkish aviation firm TAI.

The decision was announced following a meeting of Turkey's procurement committee, the Defense Industry Executive Committee, on 19 April.

AgustaWestland said had it won the contract, Turkish industry would have had an 'unprecedented level' of cooperation with guaranteed technology transfer, with design and manufacturing autonomy.

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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