Leonardo is considering how it can improve its best-selling AW139 medium twin-engine helicopter, as new competitors prepare to step into the marketplace. With 900 delivered and the milestone 1,000th aircraft expected early next year, the AW139 has largely dominated the medium helicopter market for the last decade, sweeping aside Bell’s Model 412 and Sikorsky’s S-76. The aircraft is currently being marketed by Boeing—acting as prime contractor—to the U.S. Air Force ...

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