The U.S. Navy selected the Leonardo AW119K helicopter manufactured by AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (the American branch of the former Italian company AgustaWestland, now Leonardo’s Leonardo Helicopter Division) as training helicopters.
On January 13, AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation received a contract from the U.S. Navy to supply the first 32 light training helicopters Leonardo AW119Kh. The helicopters, which will receive the U.S. official military designation TN-73A, are to be delivered by the end of October 2021.
According to the blog bmpd, the Italian company Leonardo with its helicopter AW119K won the competition of the U.S. Navy on the program of replacement used since 1985 in this capacity helicopter bell TH-57B/C Sea Ranger – military training modification of the widely known light helicopter Bell 206B-3. In addition to the Leonardo AW119Khelicopter, Bell 407GXi and Airbus Helicopters H135 participated in the U.S. Navy competition.
In total, as part of the U.S. Navy’s training helicopter renewal program, the U.S. Navy plans to purchase 130 TN-73A helicopters. Contracts for the next 98 machines are scheduled to be issued from 2022 to 2024. The helicopters will enter service with three training squadrons of the 5th U.S. Navy Air Aviation Training Wing at Whiting Field Air Force Base, Florida. Helicopters will also receive the Helicopter Instructor Training Unit (HITU).
The AW119Kh helicopter has a maximum take-off weight of 2,850 kg and is equipped with a single Pratt and Whitney Canada PT6B-37A turbo engine with a take-off capacity of about 1000 hp.
Previously, the AW119 helicopter was selected as a training ground for the Israeli Air Force