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    Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

    FARA - Apache replacement programme

    Apache replacement FARA

    The US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA, developed in conjunction with the FLRAA, will likely serve as a close combat conductor for advanced unmanned aerial systems as well as provide support to troops on the ground.

    In 2016 the Army retired its last recon helicopter, the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior, without replacement. The mission is currently being filled by AH-64E Apache gunships teamed with RQ-7 Shadow drones. FARA, was announced, will replace half of the Apache fleet particularly the older D variant.

    On April 23 2019, the US Army awarded $3.9B contracts to 5 pre-selected teams to design the new aircraft: AVX/L3 ($732M), Bell ($790M, which apparently will not offer a tilt-rotor), Boeing ($772M), Sikorsky ($938M) and Karem Aircraft ($738M). Two vendors are going to be selected in March 2020 and a winner expected to be chosen for final development in 2023.

    On May 2019, Boeing unveiled its High Speed Apache which was followed in October by the Bell 360 Invictus and Sikorsky Raider X proposals

    On March 2020, after the initial design and risk assessment, Bell 360 Invictus and Sikorsky Raider X proposals were both selected and awarded contracts for detailed design, build, and test of prototypes.

    The FARA is powered by GE T901 engines

    FARA Contenders

    AVX / L3



    Karem FARA
    Established 2004, Karem Aircraft participated in several government funded programs such as DARPA's VTOL X-Plane (VXP) DoD's Joint Heavy Lift (JHL) and Joint Future Theater Lift (JFTL). Own funded initiatives underway by Karem includes the AeroTrain and AeroCommuter Optimum Speed Tiltrotors for passenger transportation.

    Boeing FARA

    03-Mar-20 - Boeing Unveils US Army FARA Proposal #BoeingFARA


    Bell 360 Invictus

    03-May-22 - SNC Joins Team Invictus #SNC
    07-Oct-21 - Bell Teams with CAE for FLRAA and FARA Training #FVL
    13-Aug-21 - Bell 360 Invictus is Taking Form #Invictus
    08-Jul-21 - Future Vertical Lift at Bell Lab in Arlington Texas #FVL
    22-Jul-20 - Astronics Power Systems for Bell’ FARA and FLRAA #electric
    29-Jun-20 - Mecaer Joined Invictus Team for FARA #TeamInvictus
    24-Jun-20 - Bell Proposals for Future US Army Aviation #FVL
    04-Jun-20 - Bell 360 Invictus Team
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    360 Invictus


    Lockheed Martin and Boeing Protest FLRAA Decision, 30-Dec-22 : #FLRAA Sikorsky asks the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the US Army’s decision on the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) Contract

    Bell V-280 Won US Army FLRAA Helicopter Contract, 06-Dec-22 : #FLRAA The Bell V-280 Valor tilt-rotor aircraft was chosen as the new US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) in competition against the Sikorsky/Boeing Defiant X to replace the Black Hawk

    RAIDER X for US Army FARA Close to Flight Test, 11-Oct-22 : #FARA Digital factory, additive manufacturing and flying tech demonstrator reduce risk and deliver unmatched growth potential for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Program

    SNC Joins Team Invictus, 03-May-22 : #SNC Bell adds Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) to Team Invictus for work on Advanced Mission Systems

    Honeywell APU for Defiant X, 26-Apr-22 : #APU Honeywell to provide modified version of its proven GTCP 36-150 auxiliary power unit (APU) along with main engine generator for the Sikorsky-Boeing Defiant X helicopter

    Perigon Computer for Defiant X, 04-Apr-22 : #Perigon Lockheed Martin Sikorsky-Boeing selects Collins Aerospace seating, Perigon™ computer for DEFIANT X® helicopter

    Long Endurance Flight for SB>1 Defiant, 02-Apr-22 : #AAAA2022 The Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant flew to Nashville, TN for the Army Aviation Association of America’s annual summit AAAA 2022

    Six Companies Joins Team Defiant X, 01-Apr-22 : #DefiantX Sikorsky and Boeing adds 6 supplier teammates for the DEFIANT X helicopter which is competing for the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program for a Black Hawk replacement

    GE Begins Testing on First T901 Engine, 24-Mar-22 : #T901 Test begins on the first T901-GE-900, a next-generation rotorcraft engine that will power the UH-60 Black Hawk, AH-64 Apache and US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) in the future replace current T700

    Defiant in Sling Load and Single-Engine Flights, 18-Feb-22 : #Cargo The Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant helicopter continues testing program with its first sling load cargo, slalom maneuvering and single-engine flights

    14-Feb-22 - Honeywell HTS7500 Engine Selected for Defiant X #HTS7500
    18-Jan-22 - Defiant in FLRAA Mission Profile #Defiant
    09-Sep-21 - Defiant X Coming Earlier than Expected #DefiantX
    13-Aug-21 - Bell 360 Invictus is Taking Form #Invictus
    08-Jul-21 - Future Vertical Lift at Bell Lab in Arlington Texas #FVL
    26-Jun-21 - V-280 Advancing for FLRAA Requirement #FLRAA
    07-May-21 - Safran Landing Gear for V-280 Valor #LandingGear
    18-Apr-21 - Defiant X Competitive Demonstration #DefiantX
    15-Apr-21 - S-97 Raider Visit to Redstone Arsenal #Raider
    12-Apr-21 - Bell V-280 Competitive Demonstration #FLRAA
    30-Mar-21 - OPV Black Hawk with Supervised Autonomy #drones
    25-Jan-21 - Sikorsky-Boeing Announced Defiant X #DefiantX
    14-Jan-21 - Bell V-280 Agility Testing #agility
    21-Dec-20 - 200 Flight Hours for Bell V-280 Valor #FLRAA
    15-Oct-20 - SB>1 Defiant Achieved 211 Knots #Defiant
    19-Sep-20 - Army Experimental Test Pilots Fly V-280 Valor #Redstone
    10-Aug-20 - Bell New Manufacturing Technology Center #manufacturing
    09-Aug-20 - Sikorsky in the Army Modernization Program
    22-Jul-20 - Astronics Power Systems for Bell’ FARA and FLRAA #electric
    21-Jul-20 - Rolls-Royce Engines for V-280 Valor #RollsRoyce
    14-Jul-20 - Army Searches Configurations for Future Helicopters
    29-Jun-20 - Mecaer Joined Invictus Team for FARA #TeamInvictus
    24-Jun-20 - Bell Proposals for Future US Army Aviation #FVL
    23-Jun-20 - Army VIPER Lab Speeds Changes to Helicopters #mechanics
    16-Jun-20 - Defiant Reached 205 Knots #Speed
    04-Jun-20 - Bell 360 Invictus Team
    28-May-20 - Triumph to Supply Bell 360 Subsystems #Triumph
    16-May-20 - SB-1 Defiant in High Speed Trials
    31-Mar-20 - Bell 360 Selected to Continue in FARA Competition #FARA
    17-Mar-20 - Bell V-280 Selected to Continue in FLRAA Competition #FLRAA
    03-Mar-20 - Boeing Unveils US Army FARA Proposal #BoeingFARA
    19-Jan-20 - SB>1 Defiant Reached 100 Knots #Defiant
    28-Oct-19 - Laying the Foundation for Army Aviation #ArmyAviation
    18-Oct-19 - AVX / L3Harris FARA Helicopter at AUSA 2019 #FARA
    16-Oct-19 - Honeywell to Upgrade Chinook’ T55 Engines #T55
    14-Oct-19 - Sikorsky Unveils Raider X for US Army FARA #RaiderX
    02-Oct-19 - Bell 360 Invictus Announced for US Army FARA #Invictus
    27-Sep-19 - Bell Teaming with Collins for US Army FARA #FARA
    22-Sep-19 - Marines Starts UH/AH-1 Replacement Process #AURA
    03-Jul-19 - Karem Announced FARA Competitive Prototype Team #Karem
    29-May-19 - Higher Speed for Future US Army Tilt-Rotor #HighSpeed
    19-May-19 - Boeing Unveil High Speed Apache #Apache
    18-Apr-19 - AVX/L3 Unveiled its FARA Design #FARA
    16-Apr-19 - Collins Aerospace in Development of Future Vertical Lift #JointMultiRole
    06-Apr-19 - US Army Could Select Future Aircraft by 2020 #FARA
    24-Oct-18 - US Army Future Vertical Lift Projects #FutureLift
    30-Oct-15 - US Army Discuss Future Vertical Lift Architecture

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