The Navy takes the Leonardo TH-73A training helicopter

Leonardo handed the first TH-73A helicopter to the US Navy for the training of the branch’s tilt-rotor and rotary-wing aviators, as part of an initial production of $ 171 million aircraft contract awarded in January 2020.

The Advanced Helicopter Training System, which is derived from AgustaWestland AW119 Koala, will replace the TH-57B / C Sea Ranger used by military student pilots at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Milton, Fla., the company said Thursday.

Rear Admiral Robert Westendorff, chief of naval aviation training, said the branch will use modern cockpit technology and the system’s training program to hone the skills of aviators.

The Navy plans to purchase 130 TH-73A under a contract worth potentially $ 648.1 million, with an initial order for 32 trainers and deliveries over the next three years.

Leonardo said he would establish a 100,000 square foot center near the Whiting Field facility to maintain the helicopters and provide other fleet support services.

Several Navy officials and government officials attended the TH-73A presentation ceremony held Thursday at the company’s facilities in Philadelphia.

The helicopter is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PT-6 engine and equipped with digital avionics from Genesys Aerosystems.

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