Along with American Eurocopter and Lockheed Martin, EADS North America is planning to develop three AAS-72X helicopters for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout program. The first tactical demonstration aircraft (TDA), scheduled to go airborne for the first time in late 2010, will be used to verify mission equipment, integrate various weapon systems, test performance and validate survivability. Under the partnership, production of the AAS-72X would occur at American Eurocopter’s plant in Columbus, Miss. Equipment integration would take place at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Orlando, Fla.
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