197 Light Chopper Competition Hots Up, Summer Trials Start Next Week

With winter trials and maintenance evaluation trials (METs) done, India's $600-million Reconnaisance & Surveillance Helicopter (RSH) competition enters the third phase next week, involving summer trials. The three helicopters involved in the trials -- the Eurocopter Fennec (See photo from Leh trials in February), the AgustaWestland AW119 and the Kamov Ka-226T. The summer trials are to be completed by June. Eurocopter goes first, followed by Kamov. Word is the AW119 has been eliminated in the inter-trial down-select since the AW119 Koala is a civilian helicopter.

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