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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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

Defiant Reached 205 Knots, 16-Jun-20 : #Speed The Sikorsky/Boeing SB>1 Defiant achieved a new speed milestone reaching 205 knots ~ 380 km/h for the first time

Bell 360 Invictus Team, 04-Jun-20 : Bell announces 9 partners for the Bell 360 Invictus Team competing in the U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Program

Triumph to Supply Bell 360 Subsystems, 28-May-20 : #Triumph Triumph Group will supply hydraulic pump and reservoir assemblies based on those for the Bell 525 Relentless to Bell for the Bell 360 competitive prototype demonstrator in the US Army Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competition

SB-1 Defiant in High Speed Trials, 16-May-20 : The Boeing/Sikorsky SB>1 Defiant is involved in high-speed tests flights at low altitudes

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

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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