September 6, 2009 / 12:50 PM / 8 years ago

Finmeccanica sees 500 BA609 choppers sold by 2013

CERNOBBIO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Finmeccanica SIFI.MI said on Sunday that its helicopter unit AgustaWestland should sell about 500 of the new BA609 Tiltrotor aircraft it is making with Textron’s (TXT.N) Bell for 20 million euros each from 2013.

Italy could kick off orders by buying between 40 and 50 for the police, Finmeccanica Chief Executive Pierfrancesco Guarguaglini said in the northern town of Cernobbio, where he hosted a demonstration of the aircraft, which land like a helicopter but can reach airplane speeds. (Reporting by Giancarlo Navach; writing by Stephen Brown)

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