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U.S. Army Tells Bell to Stop ARH Work

By James T. McKenna | March 22, 2007

The U.S. Army late on March 21 delivered a letter to Bell Helicopter telling it to stop work on the ARH-70A armed reconnaissance helicopter program to build as many as 500-plus aircraft. That came after top Army officials threatened to cancel the program outright following a program review this week. The program, critical to replacing the Army's battle-weary OH-58D Kiowa Warriors, is running nearly a year behind schedule. It ran into additional problems when one of four prototypes of the modified Bell 407 was totaled in a crash Feb. 21. The Army wanted the first ARH-70A unit in service by September 2008, but that has slipped to mid-2009. EADS North America and its contractor team on the Army's UH-72A light utility helicopter program are considering offering a version of the Eurocopter EC145, on which the UH-72A is based, as an armed reconnaissance option for the Army. For related news

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