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U.S. Navy to buy TH-73A helicopters in $171M deal

U.S. Navy to buy TH-73A helicopters in $171M deal

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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Helicopter maker AgustaWestland received a $ 171 million contract to build training helicopters for the U.S. Navy, the Defense Department announced. The deal, revealed on Thursday, is a contract modification for production and delivery of 36 TH-73A aircraft in support of the Navy's Advanced Helicopter Training System program. It follows a January contract, for$ 175.5 million, for 32 similar helicopters and spare parts, with deliveries beginning in 2021. Advertisement The Navy plans to acquire a total of 130 TH-73As to replace its aging fleet of TH-57B/C Sea Ranger aircraft, in contracts potentially worth $ 648 million. The Philadelphia-based company is a division of the Italian defense contractor Leonardo, and markets the helicopter commercially as the AW119W. In its mili...