The U.S. Navy has issued a Request for Proposals for a new helicopter to replace its TH-57B/C fleet, which is used for advanced helicopter training for undergraduate pilots. The TH-57 is based on the Bell 206 JetRanger.
The U.S. Navy is looking to buy up to 130 commercial off-the-shelf aircraft through a base contract, and up to four optional orders. Proposals are due on April 2, and a contract award is anticipated in the first quarter of FY20. The service wants to procure aircraft between FY20 and FY24.
The Navy wants an aircraft with a single turbine engine, and the aircraft must be able to achieve Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certification.