Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

Apache replacement FARA

The US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA, developed in conjunction with the FLARAA, 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.

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.

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Karem Announced FARA Competitive Prototype Team, 03-Jul-19 : #Karem Karem Aircraft, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon formed team for the US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype (FARA CP)

Higher Speed for Future US Army Tilt-Rotor, 29-May-19 : #HighSpeed US Army Research Laboratory developing new wind-tunnel for the future tilt-rotor aircraft that will be field by Army Aviation in the coming decades

Boeing Unveil High Speed Apache, 19-May-19 : #Apache Boeing working on a compound variant of the Apache with a large fixed-wing and a pusher propeller in the rear. Expected to fill the gap between current AH-64E and FVL programs

AVX/L3 Unveiled its FARA Design, 18-Apr-19 : #FARA AVX Aircraft and L3 Technologies unveiled its proposal design for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. Preliminary selection among proposals to take place in March 2020

Collins Aerospace in Development of Future Vertical Lift, 16-Apr-19 : #JointMultiRole Collins Aerospace contracted by US Army as Mission Systems Integrator (MSI) for the Joint Multi Role (JMR) Mission Systems Architecture Demonstration (MSAD) program until its completion in December 2020

US Army Could Select Future Aircraft by 2020, 06-Apr-19 : #FARA The US Army looks to award the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) contract in March 2020. FARA will replace 50% of its aging AH-64 Apache fleet

US Army Future Vertical Lift Projects, 24-Oct-18 : #FutureLift US Army launched two programs to combine Future Vertical Lift projects: the future attack reconnaissance aircraft (FARA) and the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA)

US Army Discuss Future Vertical Lift Architecture, 30-Oct-15 : Future Vertical Lift, or FVL, is an initiative looking at the next-generation of rotorcraft for 2040 and beyond for the U.S. military.

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