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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



    Defiant X Competitive Demonstration, 18-Apr-21 : #DefiantX The Sikorsky / Boeing Defiant X to continue to the Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction (CD&RR) phase. Defiant X is competing in the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft Program (FLRAA) against the Bell V-280 Valor

    S-97 Raider Visit to Redstone Arsenal, 15-Apr-21 : #Raider Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter completed demonstration agility at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama home of US Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL) team

    Bell V-280 Competitive Demonstration, 12-Apr-21 : #FLRAA Bell is executing the second phase of a Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction (CD&RR) contract to inform the imminent program of record competition for US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA)

    OPV Black Hawk with Supervised Autonomy, 30-Mar-21 : #drones Sikorsky and DARPA fly the optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) Black Hawk helicopter with supervised autonomy

    Sikorsky-Boeing Announced Defiant X, 25-Jan-21 : #DefiantX The Sikorsky / Boeing team announced Defiant X as its proposal for the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition. Will compete against a derivative of the Bell V-280 Valor in 2022

    Bell V-280 Agility Testing, 14-Jan-21 : #agility Bell V-280 Valor for the US Army Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition demonstrates its agility

    200 Flight Hours for Bell V-280 Valor, 21-Dec-20 : #FLRAA The Bell V-280 Valor competing in the US Army Future Long-range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition completed 200 hours of flight with more than 150 sorties through three years of flight testing

    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

    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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