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Bell Helicopter, Army to Meet This Week on ARH

By James T. McKenna | April 23, 2007

Bell Helicopter officials expected to present their plan to salvage the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program to U.S. Army officials on Friday last in anticipation of a program review this week. The Army on March 21 told the manufacturer and its contractor team it would cancel the contract unless they came up with a plan within 30 days to recover from schedule delays and development problems. The program more than a year behind schedule and the projected unit cost of the aircraft has risen from $5.2 million to more than $9 million. The Army is looking to acquire 512 of the aircraft, most to replace aging and war-weary Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warriors. For related news

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