Flight International online news 12:00GMT: EADS North America has put itself forward as a prime contractor for a major US military contract for the first time.

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The company is offering the UH-145, a modified version of its Eurocopter EC 145,  for a $1.3 billion contract as part of the US Army's Light Utility Helicopter programme.

In all, the US Army is seeking to acquire 322 off-the-shelf aircraft for non-combat transport missions.

Competition for the contract is hotly contested.  Rival bids have come from the Bell Helicopter Bell 210, the Lockheed Martin/MD Helicopter MD Explorer and either the AgustaWestland A119 Koala or A109 Power.




Source: Flight International