Comanche Helicopter

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It's one of the largest cancellations in the history of the US Army.

Sources say the Army has decided to cancel its 20-year, multi billion dollar Comanche helicopter program. The program was going to provide the military with a modern chopper for armed reconnaissance missions.

About eight billion dollars had already been invested in the program. And it will cost the Army about two billion dollars in contract cancellation fees. But killing the Comanche project is expected to save tens of billions in future costs.

The production line hasn't been started yet. And there's no official word yet on any possible job losses related to the cancellation.

The Comanche program was started in 1983 and had survived many
reviews. Initial production was scheduled to begin in 2007. The latest move follows the Pentagon's decision in 2002 to cancel the Crusader artillery program -- against the wishes of Army leaders.

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