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Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Rotorcraft Report: MD Helicopters Down, Not Out

MD Helicopters Corp. is still in contention as a viable helicopter manufacturer, with talks continuing with Sikorsky as a possible "white knight" to save the Mesa, Ariz.-based company. Although MD employees were forced to take unpaid vacation during the recent Christmas/New Year season, talks between the two helicopter OEMs continued at the highest levels. Reportedly, new investors have been found which make MD more palatable as an acquisition for Sikorsky. Also making MD more palatable is its strong candidacy for the U.S. Army's future scout/attack helicopter requirement. Sikorsky's strong ties to the military with its H-60 and CH/MH-53 programs, along with the technology developed for the now-defunct Comanche program, can only strengthen that candidacy. If the talks prove productive, the two companies are expected to make an announcement during this month's Heli-Expo show in Anaheim.

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