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November 17, 2017
Navy contracts with Bell Helicopter for two AH-1Z Vipers
Washington (UPI) Nov 16, 2017
Bell Helicopter Textron has been awarded a contract modification for the manufacture and delivery of two Bell AH-1Z Viper twin-engine attack helicopter to the U.S. Navy, the Department of Defense announced on Wednesday. The deal is estimated to be worth more than $38.3 million and is classified as a fixed-price-incentive-firm contract, meaning that once performance on the contract is complete, Bell Helicopter Textron and the U.S. government will renegotiate the final cost of the deal. Th ... read more

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China signs $37 billion deal to buy 300 Boeing planes
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