A Japanese requirement to replace Bell AH-1S Cobra attack helicopters is shaping up as an opportunity for the country to produce a new or updated rotorcraft with a foreign partner, though off-the-shelf products are available, too. The defense ministry may include the acquisition in the five-year defense program that will begin next year. While the government has not decided the timing to replace the AH-1S, the ministry says a request for information issued in May is a preliminary step ...

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