The U.S. Navy Test Pilot School operates the UH-72A Lakota as its primary trainer for experimental and developmental flight test training at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Approximately 24 test pilots are trained annually to perform acquisition testing of future aircraft to meet the Navy’s operational needs.
Airbus is currently in competition for the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program also known as TH-XX. Airbus is offering the IFR Certified H135 for the Navy’s helicopter training replacement. The H135 is a low-risk proven capability, providing the Navy with a best-in- breed solution to meet their future maritime training needs. If awarded the contract, the H135 will be manufactured in Columbus, Mississippi.