Leonardo: US DoD Exercises Options For 36 TH-73A Helicopters

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ROME: The US Navy has ordered a second lot of Leonardo TH-73A training helicopters from the company’s operations in the United States, AgustaWestland Philadelphia. This modification exercises options for the production and delivery of an additional 36 TH-73A aircraft, with work expected to be completed in December 2022.

“Leonardo welcomes the announcement made by the US Department of Defense to award AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp a 171 million USD modification to the previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the US Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System,” a company statement said.

In January 2020 Leonardo, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract valued at 176 million USD for the production and delivery of 32 TH-73A helicopters, initial spares, support and dedicated equipment, and specific pilot and maintenance training services.

The TH-73A will be used to train the next generation of student aviators from the US Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The TH-73A is a variant of the commercial Leonardo TH-119 helicopter.  –shp/mgm