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 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.

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
Bell 360 Invictus
Sikorsky Raider X
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Bell 360 Selected to Continue in FARA Competition, 31-Mar-20 : #FARA Bell selected to continue work on the Bell 360 Invictus as part of the US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program

Bell V-280 Selected to Continue in FLRAA Competition, 17-Mar-20 : #FLRAA US Army awards Bell contract for competitive demonstration and risk reduction (CD&RR) work to refined V-280 Valor design as part of the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program to replace the Black Hawk

Boeing Unveils US Army FARA Proposal, 03-Mar-20 : #BoeingFARA Boeing reveals its proposal for the US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) design competition

SB>1 Defiant Reached 100 Knots, 19-Jan-20 : #Defiant The Sikorsky/Boeing SB1>Defiant competing for the US Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft exceeded 100 Knots for the first time

Laying the Foundation for Army Aviation, 28-Oct-19 : #ArmyAviation Evolution of the US Army Aviation branch in the last 50 years from the Vietnam War to the Future Vertical Lift (FVL)

AVX / L3Harris FARA Helicopter at AUSA 2019, 18-Oct-19 : #FARA AVX Aircraft and L3Harris featured a mockup of their proposal design for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) at the AUSA 2019 exhibition in Washington, DC

Honeywell to Upgrade Chinook’ T55 Engines, 16-Oct-19 : #T55 Honeywell is launching a new T55 engine upgrade for the US Army’s CH-47 Chinook helicopters which will offer over 20% more power at sea level. In operation since 1962, more than 6,000 T55 engines having been produced and logging 12 million hours of operation

Sikorsky Unveils Raider X for US Army FARA, 14-Oct-19 : #RaiderX Sikorsky unveils Raider-X proposal for US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. Based on X2 technology it is 20% larger than the S-97, side-by-side cockpit with a large internal weapons bay and powered by single T901 engine offering speeds in excess of 250 knots ~ 460 km/h

Bell 360 Invictus Announced for US Army FARA, 02-Oct-19 : #Invictus Bell unveiled its Bell 360 Invictus proposal for the US Army’ Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competition. Based on Bell 525 new technologies, the 360 will offer a 135 nm ~ 250 km combat radius with speeds in excess of 200 Knots ~ 370 km/h

Bell Teaming with Collins for US Army FARA, 27-Sep-19 : #FARA Bell in partnership with Collins Aerospace (ex Rockwell Collins) for the US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) tender. Although the proposal has not yet been revealed will be using V-280 Valor and Bell 525 new technologies

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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