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Leonardo contract for 32 TH-73A helicopters for U.S. Navy


January 14, 2020
By Helicopters Staff


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The TH-73A helicopter is based on Leonardo’s TH-119 (pictured), which itself is based on the AW139. (Photo: Leonardo)

Leonardo, through its AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. entity, has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract valued at US$176.5 million for the production and delivery of 32 TH-73A helicopters, initial spares, support and dedicated equipment, and specific pilot and maintenance training services.

“On the cusp of celebrating nearly 40 years of operating in Philadelphia, Leonardo is thrilled the U.S. Navy has selected our TH-119-based offer; and us as a local and long-term partner. We are proud to be a core contributor to the future of U.S. defense,” said Alessandro Profumo, CEO, Leonardo.

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Work for this contract will be mainly performed at Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility, in terms of production, with maintenance taking place in Florida. Production of the helicopters is expected to be complete by October 2021.

“Our plan since day one has been to offer the U.S. Navy the training capabilities they asked for, without compromise,” said William Hunt, managing director of Leonardo Helicopters Philadelphia. “We are honoured to deliver on that promise, build the new fleet in Philadelphia and maintain it from Milton, Florida.”