Leonardo Wins U.S. Navy Helo Trainer Deal
The U.S. Navy has selected Leonardo’s TH-119 as its new training helicopter, the company announced last night. A military variant of the civil AW119, the new military trainer—designated the TH-73A—will replace the service’s existing fleet of Bell TH-57s. The initial contract, valued at nearly $176.5 million, is for 32 aircraft with spares, support. Subsequent individual year contracts are expected to bring total deliveries to 130 aircraft by 2024, with a value of $648.1 million.
Leonardo competed with Bell and Airbus Helicopters for the deal and those companies had offered variants of its Bell 407 single and light-twin H135, respectively. The aircraft will be assembled at Leonardo’s AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., with delivery “expected to be completed in October 2021.”
According to the Navy, the TH-73A will meet advanced rotary-wing and intermediate tiltrotor training requirements for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard through 2050.
In July 2019, Leonardo announced that the TH-119 received IFR supplemental type certification from the FAA. The TH-119 is equipped with Genesys Aerosystems avionics and a Pratt & Whitney PT6B engine. It is based on the AW119 civil helicopter and features an adjustable observer seat that provides a full view of the cockpit, reinforced skids with removable shoes, and has the ability for “hot” pressure refueling without shutting the engine down.