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Boeing and MDHI on collision course over AAS contenders

27th November 2012 - 09:12 GMT | by Tony Skinner in London

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Boeing is in dispute with MD Helicopters (MDHI) over the latter’s development of the MD 540F as a militarised aircraft, it has emerged.

A Boeing executive confirmed to Shephard that the company was considering legal action against MDHI following its pursuit of the US Army’s Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) programme, which effectively pits the MD 540F against Boeing’s AH-6i Little Bird.

AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky are also developing their own contenders for the AAS requirement to replace the army’s venerable OH-58 Kiowa Warrior.

MDHI first unveiled the armed MD 540F at the Quad A exhibition in Nashville in April.

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