U.S. Navy receives first TH-73A training helicopter

Leonardo has delivered the first TH-73A training helicopter to the U.S. Navy, during a ceremony held at its Philadelphia, U.S.A. campus.

The TH-73A is based on the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) variant of the commercial AW119Kx, certified as the only single-engine helicopter in decades to meet current IFR requirements, allowing pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions, thanks to advanced avionics by Genesys Aerosystems and redundant helicopter flight systems.

The TH-73A is extremely flexible and can satisfy every training flight requirement, featuring an adjustable observer seat that provides a complete view of the cockpit, allowing for more effective learning, even when seated in the back.

At the beginning of 2020, Leonardo, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia, was awarded a contract for the production and delivery of 32 TH-73A helicopters, initial spares, support and dedicated equipment, and specific pilot and maintenance training service to be produced at Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility. In late 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the decision to exercise the options for the production and delivery of 36 additional TH-73A aircraft, still to be produced at its site in Philadelphia. The total requirement is for 130 aircraft with delivery to continue through calendar year 2024.

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