The 700th American-made helicopter has been delivered from Leonardo‘s production line in Philadelphia. The 700th aircraft, an AW119Kx single engine, was delivered to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
While Leonardo began operating in the United States in 1980, it was only in 2004 when the site began to fully-produce helicopters on an FAA-Certified Part 21 Production Line. Beginning first in 2004 with the AW119 and in 2005 with the AW139, a 115,000 sq/ft addition was built onto the 26-acre campus that already included aftermarket support and administrative functions for the US.
“With the 700th aircraft delivery, Leonardo continues to grow in the U.S. market significantly,” said Clyde Woltman, Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo Helicopters US. “This milestone solidifies Leonardo as a domestic leader in the research, design, development, and production of rotorcraft for civil and military applications, using the latest technology and highest quality standards.”
In less than 20 years, Leonardo has locally produced aircraft for a multitude of mission sets, including emergency medical, homeland security, search and rescue, firefighting, offshore energy, utility missions, and corporate transportation. In 2018, the site began to include production for military programs, first with the MH-139 Grey Wolf for the U.S. Air Force with Boeing, a variant of the popular AW139, and in 2021 the TH-73 Trasher for the U.S. Navy, derived from the AW119.