Boyle Applauds New Navy Contract in Philadelphia
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle issued the following statement on the U.S. Navy’s selection of AgustaWestland’s TH-119 helicopter in the TH-73 award to replace the Navy’s aging fleet of TH-57 SeaRanger training helicopters to train America’s future naval aviators. Congressman Boyle fought for the Navy’s funding in Congress to replace these training helicopters.
“AgustaWestland’s TH-73 award will support over 700 aircraft manufacturing jobs in Northeast Philadelphia and help drive our city’s economy. This new contract not only brings new manufacturing jobs to our district, but also helps ensure our future naval aviators are training on proper equipment. Replacing these assets are long overdue and I commend this opportunity to support the U.S. Navy and the training of our future defenders.”
The Navy’s award will supply 130 American-made helicopters for the future training of U.S. Navy aviators. With a priority put on hiring veterans, this award will support and sustain more than 700 jobs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, Congressman Boyle urged the Air Force to provide for a fair and open competition to replace the aging UH-1N fleet of helicopters rather than sole-sourcing the contract without a competitive bid. Boyle’s efforts were instrumental in moving the Air Force to allow for a fair process, which eventually led to two Philadelphia-area plants winning the bid. AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. in Northeast Philadelphia was one of the two plants that were awarded.