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    Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft

    FLRAA - Black Hawk replacement programme

    Black Hawk replacement FLRAA

    The US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft or FLRAA, developed in conjunction with the FARA, program aims to replace the Black Hawk helicopters. Planning began in 2016 with an analysis of alternatives or AOA which was completed by end 2018

    The Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR-TD) contract award is scheduled for 2021, first flight for 2023 and initial operational capability (IOC) by 2030.

    Although led by the Army, the FLRAA is defined as a multi-service program.

    FLRAA Contenders

    Bell V-280 Valor

    14-Jan-21 - Bell V-280 Agility Testing #agility
    21-Dec-20 - 200 Flight Hours for Bell V-280 Valor #FLRAA
    17-Dec-20 - External Cargo Loads with Bell V-280 #ExternalLoad
    19-Sep-20 - Army Experimental Test Pilots Fly V-280 Valor #Redstone
    22-Jul-20 - Astronics Power Systems for Bell’ FARA and FLRAA #electric
    21-Jul-20 - Rolls-Royce Engines for V-280 Valor #RollsRoyce
    24-Jun-20 - Bell Proposals for Future US Army Aviation #FVL
    03-Jun-20 - Thermoplastic Components Flight Tested on Bell V-280 #recycling
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    V-280 Valor


    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

    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

    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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