U.S. Navy receives its first TH-73A training helicopter
By Naomi Szeben
The first Leonardo TH-73A training helicopter to the U.S. Navy was delivered June 10, during a ceremony held at Leonardo’s Philadelphia 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 features an adjustable observer seat that provides a complete view of the cockpit, allowing for more effective learning with a better range of vision from passengers.
In early 2020, Leonardo was awarded a contract to produce and deliver 32 TH-73A helicopters, initial spares, support and dedicated equipment, to be produced at Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility. In late 2020, the US Department of Defence announced the decision to exercise the options for the production and delivery of 36 additional TH-73A aircraft, also to be produced at in Philadelphia. The total requirement is for 130 aircraft with delivery to continue through to the year 2024.