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U.S. Army Sticks With Bell Team on ARH

By James T. McKenna | May 21, 2007

The U.S. Army will keep its contract with Bell Helicopter to produce the ARH-70A Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter. The service decided May 18 to leave the $5-billion-plus contract for more than 500 aircraft in the hands of Bell and its contractor team despite year-long delays in the program. The Army had suspended the contract in March due to those delays and cost overruns. However, Bell and its team kept working on ARH-70 at their own expense. One of the production delays was attributed to the integration of the FLIR Systems BRITE STAR 2 stabilized, multi-sensor system with the Rockwell Collins-built Common Avionics Architecture System. In late March, those companies and Bell determined the integration problems had been resolved. The ARH-70A is to replace the aging fleet of OH-58D Kiowa Warriors.  For related news

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