U.S. Navy Exercises Options for Leonardo 36 TH-73A Helicopters

U.S. Navy Exercises Options for Leonardo 36 TH-73A Helicopters

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.

Fremont, CA: Leonardo, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., was awarded a $176 million for the production and delivery of 32 TH-73A helicopters, initial spares, support and dedicated equipment, and specific pilot and maintenance training services.

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.

Leonardo TH-119, offered by Italy’s AgustaWestland (now Leonardo Helicopters) for the AHTS program, is based on its 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, along with 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 complete view of the cockpit, enabling more effective learning even when seated in the back.

The TH-119 combines exceptional power margins, because of 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, reducing 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. It 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, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.

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