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U.S. Rotorcraft Industry "Not on a War Footing," General Says

By James T. McKenna | March 26, 2007

The U.S. Army has lost 130 helicopters since combat operations started in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the U.S. industry is too slow in replacing those aircraft, according to one of the service’s top aviation generals. Brig. Gen. Stephen Mundt, director of the Army Aviation Task Force, said March 23 said the service is just now getting its first helicopters to replace those lost in combat, two years after it requested funding for war-replacement aircraft. “While the military may be on a war footing, our nation’s industry is not on a war footing,” Mundt said, urging industry to develop the ability to produce equipment faster. Mundt said 130 of the Army aircraft lost were shot down. The remainder were lost to mechanical or human factors problems related to the dirt, dust and rough terrain in Afghanistan and Iraq.   FoFor related news

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