September 25, 2002 :
Army plans to buy fewer Comanches
WASHINGTON, USA ( Wall Street Journal /FT Information via COMTEX ) -
The U.S. Army is looking to reduce the number of Comanche helicopters that it plans
While there is still no final number, it is believed that
planned purchases will be cut by 40% to around 800 helicopters. The move
comes amid plans to kill the $48bn program entirely.
Some Pentagon officials
want to drop the program to free up funds for the purchase of unmanned
aircraft and other more sophisticated weapons. Any cut will adversely affect
Boeing Co. and United Technologies Corp.'s Sikorsky subsidiary, which are
jointly developing the stealth reconnaissance helicopter.
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