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Taiwan to make parts for new Bell military helicopters

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Old February 28th 04, 01:12 AM
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Taiwan to make parts for new Bell military helicopters

(EXCERPT) TAIPEI (Reuters) - Two Taiwan companies have signed a US$10
million deal with the Bell Helicopter unit of Textron Inc to make
parts used in its latest generation of military helicopters, officials
said on Friday.

State-run Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (AIDC) and private
chemical firm Topkey Corp have been awarded a contract to build tail
booms and engine cowlings for Bell's AH-1Z attack helicopter and UH-1Y
utility helicopter, an AIDC spokesman said.

"While the contract we signed today is for the manufacture of 53
tailbooms over four years we expect that additional orders in the
coming 10 years could generate sales of up to US$60 million," said
spokesman Mike Lee.

AIDC will make the tail booms while Topkey will manufacture the
cowlings, Lee said.

In a separate agreement, Bell also authorized AIDC to carry out
upgrades on an older generation of Bell's AH-1W Super Cobra attack
helicopters, said Lee.

Taiwan's military operates a fleet of around 60 S...

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