Leonardo proposes TH-119 helicopter to US Navy
Leonardo has submitted a proposal to the US Navy for the manufacture and support of up to 130 TH-119 IFR training helicopters, the company announced on 2 April.
The TH-119 has completed its flight tests and meets all FAA requirements and safety standards for IFR certification.The helicopter can fulfil basic and advanced mission training flight requirements, from
fundamental autorotations to difficult search and rescue procedures, shipboard operations and beyond.The TH-119 is based on the AW119 helicopter and is powered by Pratt & Whitney PT-6 engine. The helicopter is equipped with Genesys Aerosystems avionics, enabling pilots to fly safely during low visibility and challenging weather conditions. Its hot pressure refuelling capability allows fuel tanks to be filled without shutting the engine down.
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The total cost of the design and construction contract will be €15 million (US$16.2 million) with a completion deadline of 18 months.
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