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Leonardo-Finmeccanica Renames TH-119 Chopper For US Navy’s Trainer Program
TH-119 helicopter (Image: Leonardo-Finmeccanica)

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has introduced TH-119 new name, new avionics for US Navy Advanced Helicopter Trainer Program

An AgustaWestland AW119 single engine helicopter variant designated as the TH-119 was introduced during the Navy League Sea-Air Space Exhibition (Washington D.C., May 16-18), the company said in a statement Monday.

The aircraft is designed for military training customers, primarily the US Navy. The new version features distinctive capabilities and unique features differentiating it from the proven AW119Kx commercial helicopter while keeping certification advantages. Like the commercial AW119Kx, the TH-119 will be built at the company’s Philadelphia facility.

The TH-119 features a dual-display Genesys Aerospace cockpit that gives flexibility to instruct from either seat or the option for VFR or IFR (IMC) operations.

Other features that set the aircraft apart from its competitors include: A unique cabin configuration with an additional 180-degree adjustable trainer observation seat at the base of the instrument panel giving the occupant a full view of the cockpit, Full Night Vision Device (NVD) compatible cockpit and cabin with high-visibility cockpit doors and a low-profile instrument panel to ensure maximum visibility from the cockpit, Re-enforced skids with replaceable skid shoes which support the multiple repetitions of essential touchdown training maneuvers Cargo hook and hoist options supporting advanced training events, and a five-fuel cell option that provides more than five hours of flight time with pressure refueling port allowing for less downtime to refuel as well as “hot” refueling while the engine is still running.

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