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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.

    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


    US Army FARA Helicopter
    Boeing Apache High Speed
    AVX L3
    Bell 360 Invictus
    Sikorsky Raider X
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    SB>1 Defiant Achieved 211 Knots, 15-Oct-20 : #Defiant The Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant achieved a new speed milestone reaching 211 knots ~ 390 km/h for the first time

    Army Experimental Test Pilots Fly V-280 Valor, 19-Sep-20 : #Redstone US Army Redstone Test Center (RTC) Experimental Test Pilots (XPs) flew the Bell V-280 Valor as part of the US Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) preparations for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program.

    Bell New Manufacturing Technology Center, 10-Aug-20 : #manufacturing Bell unveiled its new 140,000-square-foot Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) in Fort Worth, Texas. Innovative proving ground to test and refine technologies and processes and support Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft

    Sikorsky in the Army Modernization Program, 09-Aug-20 : From infrastructure to analytics, the Raider X and Defiant helicopters, which are competing in the US Army modernization programs, are designed to reduce maintenance and improve operating time on several fronts

    Astronics Power Systems for Bell’ FARA and FLRAA, 22-Jul-20 : #electric Astronics awarded contracts by Bell to develop electrical power systems based on CorePower products for FARA Bell 360 Invictus and FLRAA V-280 Valor programs

    Rolls-Royce Engines for V-280 Valor, 21-Jul-20 : #RollsRoyce Rolls-Royce to provide propulsion system for the refined Bell V-280 Valor design in the US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition. The current prototype is flying with General Electric T64-GE-419 engines

    Army Searches Configurations for Future Helicopters, 14-Jul-20 : “We have written the requirements … to allow for flexibility” , the US Army collaborating with the Industry for best systems configurations for both the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)

    Mecaer Joined Invictus Team for FARA, 29-Jun-20 : #TeamInvictus Mecaer America Inc (MAI), the Canadian branch of the Mecaer Aviation Group, will build the landing gear system for the Bell 360 Invictus prototype being produced as part of the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program

    Bell Proposals for Future US Army Aviation, 24-Jun-20 : #FVL Bell is ready to revolutionize U.S. Army Aviation with the V-280 Valor and 360 Invictus for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) / Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programs

    Army VIPER Lab Speeds Changes to Helicopters, 23-Jun-20 : #mechanics US Army to open a Vehicle Innovative Powertrain Experimental Research (VIPER) lab to conduct experiments on rotorcraft drivetrains as a testbed for research on helicopters transmissions

    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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