PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A helicopter manufacturing plant in Northeast Philadelphia has won a major Navy contract, officials said.
Leonardo through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. has received an order for 32 "TH-73A" helicopters.
The contract from the Department of Defense is valued at $176 million, and with a priority put on hiring veterans, the award will support and sustain more than 700 jobs in Philadelphia, according to a news release.
The helicopters will replace the Navy's aging fleet of TH-57 Sea Rangers used to train America's future naval aviators, officials said.
Work will be mainly performed at Leonardo's Philadelphia facility and is expected to be completed in October 2021.
Northeast Philadelphia company awarded $176M Navy contract