Leonardo Resumes Navy Helicopter Trainer Production Contract Work

A Leonardo subsidiary has resumed work on the U.S. Navy’s TH-119 helicopter trainer at its Philadelphia facility after the Government Accountability Office denied a protest of the potential $648.1M contract awarded in January, Vertical Magazine reported Thursday.

Leonardo Helicopters will produce up to 130 helicopter trainers to replace the service’s TH-57 Sea Ranger platform and provide spare and flyaway kits, sling loads, hoists and other support equipment under the contract, which has a base amount of $176.5M.

Textron's (NYSE: TXT) Bell subsidiary and Airbus also competed for the Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System program. Airbus filed a protest with GAO of the contract award in early February but the contract challenge was rejected by the congressional watchdog on Tuesday.

Leonardo is expected to kick off helicopter deliveries this year and continue through calendar year 2024.

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