TH-XX US Navy Advanced Helicopter Trainer

The US Navy requested proposals (RFP) for its new training helicopter in order to replace the TH-57 Sea Ranger (Bell 206) fleet starting 2020. The Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) contract, originally known as TH-XX is scheduled to be awarded by November 2019.

On July 2019, was announced the winner will be known as TH-73A

Main Contenders

Leonardo TH-119

Leonardo TH-119 US Navy

Airbus H135 P3H (PWC engine + Helionix)

Arbus TH-135 US Navy

Bell 407GXi

Bell 407 US Navy


Leonardo to Open Support Center if Wins TH-73 Tender, 25-Sep-19 : #TH73 If selected as the US Navy’ future trainer helicopter TH-73, Leonardo plans to build a TH-119 support center in Northwest Florida near NAS Whiting Field which is where all helicopter pilots for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are trained

IFR Certification for Bell 407GXi, 17-Aug-19 : #NavyTrainer The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to the Bell 407GXi. A key milestone for Bell’s single-engine helicopter to compete in the US Navy Trainer Replacement TH-73A program. The GXi uses Garmin G1000H NXi glass cockpit

Genesys Aerosystems Equipped TH-119 IFR Certification, 07-Aug-19 : #IFR Leonardo TH-119, the AW119Kx proposed to be next TH-73A US Navy future helicopter trainer, becomes IFR capable with the latest Genesys avionics suite utilizing IDU-680 displays.

TH-119 Obtains FAA IFR Certification, 18-Jul-19 : #certification The TH-119 obtains Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Instrument Flight Rules(IFR) certification. Is the first and only IFR certified single engine helicopter in decades and is Leonardo’s bid to replace the US Navy’s fleet of aging Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger trainers

Bell 407 to be Built in Alabama if Selected by Navy, 22-Apr-19 : #Ozark Bell 407 are produced in Canada, but if wins the US Navy contract for the future advanced helicopter trainer, the 130 407GXi will be completed at Ozark facility in Alabama

Leonardo Submits TH-119 for US Navy TH-XX Program, 03-Apr-19 : #THXX Leonardo has officially submitted its TH-119 to the US Navy TH-XX Advanced Helicopter Training System. Based on the AW119Kx and made in Philadelphia aims to replace the TH-57 Sea Ranger trainers

PW206B3 Engine for Navy H135 Proposal, 06-Mar-19 : #Trainer Airbus selected the P3H variant of the H135 for the US Navy Advanced Helicopter Trainer competition. The Pratt & Whitney PW206B3 engine was chosen against the Arrius 2B2 Plus of the T3H

Leonardo TH-119 IFR First Flight, 22-Dec-18 : #TH119 Leonardo’s offer for the US Navy Advanced Helicopter Trainer program, the TH-119, performed first flight equipped with IFR at Philadelphia plant

2018 Navy Fleet Fly-In, 23-Oct-18 : #NavyFlyIn The Naval Helicopter Association (NHA) hosting the 29th Gulf Coast Fleet Fly-In at Naval Air Station Whiting Field

H135 at the US Navy Fleet Fly-In Event, 20-Oct-18 : #NavyFlyin Airbus to feature H135 for US Navy future training helicopter program at the Naval Helicopter Association’s Fleet Fly-in at Naval Air Station Whiting Field in Pensacola, FL, October 22-26

19-Sep-18 - TH-119 With New Genesys Aerosystems Avionics #TH119
02-Jun-18 - Leonardo TH-119 Trainer at Pax River Expo #expo
17-May-18 - H135 Offered for US Navy Trainer Replacement
16-May-16 - Leonardo Unveils TH-119 Proposal for US Navy

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