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Quad-A 2009 - Industry Challenges DoD With Tempting ARH Alternatives Bringing Fleet Synergies

5th May 2009 - 00:44 GMT | by in Nashville, TN

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Both EADS/Lockheed Martin and Boeing upped the stakes on the future of the US Army’s stated requirement for an Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter post Bell’s ARH-70A by offering tempting alternatives.

EADS (American Eurocopter) announced its teaming with Lockheed Martin to offer the Armed Scout 645 helicopter (a version of the civil EC145). “This is a technological solution to sources sought – a solution for when the US Army asks,” said David Oliver, chief operating officer, EADS North America.

The synergies gained by using the same basic aircraft as the UH-72A Lakota (LUH) will be very attractive to the cost conscious Department

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