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Leonardo TH-73 US Navy Advance Helicopter Training System

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Congratulations to Leonardo as Us Navy selects the AW119 as the new Advance Helicopter Training System replacing the legacy Bell TH-57C Sea Ranger,

 

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Seems a pretty good decision in my humble opinion. The real trick will be in the details, like the logistics and maintenance support.
 

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Turns out Airbus was cheaper despite being a twin-engine helo. But it was assessed less qualified on several grounds.

 

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Airbus caught once again at what it does best: not paying attention to Customer requirements...
Ironically this is also why Leonardo lost so much money running after the T-X contract.
Errare humanum...
 
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The UH-72 Lakota, used for primary training in the U.S. Army, is not well received with the instructor pilots. The reason for this is that it is not an aircraft to train autorotation. Also due to the hub limits of the aircraft, it is restricted to very limited slope landing parameters for training. It is unaffectionately known as "The Plastic Princess".
 
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The UH-72 Lakota used for primary training in the U.S. Army is not well received with the instructor pilots. The reason this is that it is not an aircraft to train autorotation. Also due to the hub limits of the aircraft, it is restricted to very limited slope landing parameters for training. It is unaffectionately known as "The Plastic Princess".

That fits. One of the lower marks for the Airbus bid for TH-XX was for autorotation.
 

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And the first one has been handed over to the Navy according to Leonardo press Release

‚Philadelphia, 10 June 2021 – At a ceremony on its Philadelphia campus and under the backdrop of the Stars and Stripes, Leonardo officially delivered the first TH-73A training helicopter to the U.S. Navy earlier today. The ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell, commander of Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; Rear Admiral Gregory Harris, Director of Air Warfare Division (N98); and Captain Holly Shoger, Program Manager of Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems Program. Also attending the ceremony was Leonardo Helicopters Managing Director Gian Piero Cutillo and members of local, state and federal elected delegations, including Congressman Donald Norcross and Philadelphia maypr‘
 

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