US Navy to purchase 26 AgustaWestland TH-73A Thrasher helicopters

According to information published by the US DoD on December 30, 2022, AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is awarded a $110,590,500 firm-fixed-price modification (P00022) to a previously awarded contract (N6134020C0007).
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 TH-73A Thrasher helicopter. (Picture source: US Navy)

This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 26 TH-73A Lot IV aircraft and related data in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System program for the Navy.

Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (80%); Mineral Wells, Texas (5%); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (15%), and is expected to be completed in December 2024. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

About the TH-73A helicopter

The TH-73A is the aircraft portion of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS). AHTS brings the training tools needed to produce the next generations of Rotary and Tilt-rotor pilots for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and selected allied nations with current and relevant training platforms.

The TH-73A is the aircraft portion of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS). AHTS improves pilot training and skills by using current cockpit technologies and modernized training curriculum that reflect the capabilities in the current Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard inventory.

Using a skills-based approach to training, with just-in-time methodology, incorporating modern technology, AHTS will ensure Rotary Wing Aviators are produced at a higher quality, more efficiently, ready to meet the challenges faced in the fleet.

The TH-73A is expected to be in service for approximately 30 years. It is the replacement for 35-year-old TH-57Bs and TH-57Cs, which will begin sundown in fiscal year 2022 and concludes in the fiscal year 2024 timeframe.