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Rival Little Birds cleared for AAS showdown

21 July 2013

Boeing has failed in its bid to stop MD Helicopters marketing the MD 540F observation and light attack helicopter to the US Army as a competitor to its AH-6, it was revealed in the Wall Street Journal on 19 July.

According to a Phoenix arbitration panel, MD Helicopters is now free to continue to promote its MD 540F platform pursuant to securing the army's multi-billion dollar Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) requirement. This now clears the way for a showdown between the two Hughes OH-6 Cayuse/Model 369 Little Bird-derived helicopters in the competition to replace up to 400 of the army's ageing Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior platforms.



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