Leonardo‘s helicopters business is establishing a 113,000 sq. ft. facility at Whiting Aviation Park in Milton, Florida, to accommodate repair and overhaul, transmission work on aircraft components.
The company said Monday the Leonardo Helicopters Florida Support Center will have four large hangar bays, Dynamic Test Bench, full-sized paint booth, tooling and equipment as well as space for catering to the US Navy’s TH-73 aircraft fleet and other customers.
Leonardo has allocated $65 million for the construction of the aircraft aftermarket support facility. It anticipates an end-of-2024 completion date for the project.
“With this modern and highly efficient facility, Leonardo Helicopters will be able to bring its industry-leading product support services even closer to our customers,” said Clyde Woltman, CEO of Leonardo Helicopters US.
The company is under contract to provide the Navy with a Leonardo AW119 variant, now the TH-73 Thrasher, that will function as the primary training aircraft supporting the service branch as well as the Marine Corps, Coast Guard and other U.S. allies.