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PARIS — Airbus Helicopters announced the launch of a development program to build the X6 helicopter that would eventually replace the Super Puma and have a military variant delivered in 15 years. Airbus officials said Tuesday the X6 will first be developed for the civilian market, specifically the oil and gas industry. The company said […]

PARIS — Aviation enthusiasts were quick to spot the few American-made military aircraft that did fly at this year’s Paris Air Show. No fixed-wing plane currently operated by the U.S. military took to the skies. Drone-maker General Atomics brought a new Predator B, better known by its Air Force designation, MQ-9 Reaper. But the unmanned […]

PARIS — Add aircraft engines to the growing list of complex parts that companies are now depending on 3D printers to produce. GE Aviation will produce the cobalt-chromium fuel nozzles in CFM International’s Leap engine with a 3D Printer. The company will use a MakerBot printer to “grow” the part rather than assemble it using […]

PARIS — China’s models of military planes at the Paris Air Show bear resemblance to U.S. aircraft, drawing attention to the rising concern in the Defense Department that the country is using cyber espionage to obtain sensitive defense technology. The state-run Aviation Industry Corporation of China had a large exhibit of military and civilian models […]

PARIS — Executives at Boeing Co. dismissed a recent audit of the P-8 Poseidon program that found the Navy needs to conduct more “critical testing” before buying production models of the submarine-hunting plane. “I wouldn’t read anything into that,” Chris Raymond, vice president of business development and strategy for Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security unit, said […]