Bell Finalizing ARH Recovery Proposal

By James T. McKenna | April 18, 2007

Bell Helicopter is finalizing a U.S. Army-mandated plan to salvage the behind-schedule Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program, the manufacturer tells Reuters. The Army on March 23 gave Bell 30 days to come up with a plan or face loss of the contract to build more than 500 of the Model 407-based aircraft. In addition to being more than a year behind schedule, the program has faced development challenges that Bell says have nearly doubled the cost of the initial aircraft, which was pegged at $5.2 million. Some of the delays and cost increases stemmed from Army requirements. "We're preparing a brief on the program so they can understand why they shouldn't cancel it," a Bell official told Reuters. For related news


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