Leonardo, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., has been awarded a $171 million contract modification for the production and delivery of 36 additional TH-73A helicopters in support of the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program.
This modification, awarded by the U.S. Department of the Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), exercises options additional 36 TH-73A aircraft, with work expected to be completed in December 2022 in Philadelphia, PA.
In January 2020, Leonardo was selected for the AHTS program with an initial firm-fixed-price contract, valued at 176 million USD, awarded for the production and delivery of 32 TH-73A helicopters, initial spares, support and dedicated equipment, and specific pilot and maintenance training services.
The new TH-73A will be used to train the next generation of student aviators from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Leonardo TH-119, offered by Italy’s AgustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters) for the AHTS program, is based on the company’s AW119 Koala single-turbine light helicopter.
The TH-119’s dual-display advanced glass cockpit, supplied by Genesys Aerosystems, allows instruction from either pilot seat with full IFR capabilities including flight director and 3-axis full autopilot. Designed with input from former U.S. Naval aviators and former Navy instructor pilots, the TH-119 features a unique 180-degree adjustable observer seat that provides a full view of the cockpit enabling more effective learning even when seated in the back.
The TH-119 combines exceptional power margins, thanks to its popular and reliable 1,000 shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-B engine, with the durability of a cocoon-type metal airframe and reinforced shock stabilized skids for touchdown maneuver training.
Reinforced skids with removable shoes stand up to countless touchdown repetitions while “hot” pressure refueling allows the fuel tank to be safely refilled without shutting the engine down which reduces turnaround time compared to other aircraft.
The TH-119 IFR training helicopter performed its maiden flight test on Dec. 20, 2018. Last year, Leonardo announced that the helicopter received IFR supplemental type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The AgustaWestland AW119 is in service in 40 countries and has been selected by high profile military, government and parapublic customers, including the Portuguese Air Force, New York City Department of Environmental Protection Police (DEP Police) and many others across Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.