NAVAIR orders more Thrashers
Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has ordered 36 Lot III production TH-73A Thrasher training helicopters from Leonardo Helicopters in a $159.42 million contract modification, the DoD announced on 17 December 2021.
Some 90% of the work will be carried out in the US with completion expected in December 2023.
NAVAIR ordered an initial batch of 32 Thrashers in January 2020 for $176.5 million, with the first helicopter arriving at NAS Whiting Field on 6 August 2021.
In all, the USN is ordering 130 TH-73As for $648.1 million in its Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) programme.
The helicopters will replace the Bell TH-57B/C Sea Ranger for undergraduate rotary-wing and tiltrotor training of USN, USMC, Coast Guard and some overseas pilots.
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