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Wednesday 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 to acquire.

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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