that was awarded in Sept 2018.$2.38 billion ballistic missile security helicopter contract with the US Air Force to deliver 84 MH-139As, aircraft based on Leonardo’s medium, twin-engined civil helicopter AW139
Well, they won the contract for 120 trainer copters, not bad, not bad at all.
https://www.flightglobal.com/helicopter ... 23.article
The service plans to replace its aging fleet of Bell TH-57B/C Sea Rangers with 130 examples of the TH-119. The USN announced the winner of the Advanced Helicopter Training System TH-73A contest on 13 January.
It was a surprise when they landed the MH-139A, I can't seem to find which craft was expected to win this. It does seem that Leonardo stock models are closer than the competition to the RFP requirements compared to others.
The AW119 has an empty weight: 1,483 kg (3,269 lb), Max takeoff weight: 2,850 kg (6,283 lb), max sling load 3,086 lb 747 kW (1,002 hp) Cruise speed: 244 km/h (152 mph, 132 kn) in commercial service it is reported to have a per hour op cost of around $800, quite economical.
Bell 407GXi Empty weight: 2,668 lb (1,210 kg), MTOW 6,000 lb Useful load: 2,347 lb (internal) 813 shp (606 kW), cruise speed 133 knots (152 mp/h, 246 km/h)
H135 Empty weight: 1,455 kg (3,208 lb) Max takeoff weight: 2,910 kg (6,415 lb), 1,455 kg (3,208 lb) payload, 2x 463 kW (621 hp) cruise speed 254 km/h (158 mph, 137 kn)