Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft

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

Contract award 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

27-Sep-19 - Bell Teaming with Collins for US Army FARA #FARA
22-Sep-19 - Marines Starts UH/AH-1 Replacement Process #AURA
29-May-19 - Higher Speed for Future US Army Tilt-Rotor #HighSpeed
22-May-19 - V-280 Valor Low Speed Agility Testing #Valor
26-Apr-19 - First Fast Rope and PDAS Flight for V-280 Valor #FastRope
17-Apr-19 - PDAS 360-Degree Pilot Visual System on V-280 #PDAS
23-Mar-19 - Bell and Rolls-Royce Teaming for Future Aircraft #engines
24-Jan-19 - Bell V-280 Valor Reaches 280 Knots #Speed
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V-280 Valor


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

Marines Starts UH/AH-1 Replacement Process, 22-Sep-19 : #AURA The US Marine Corps launches the Attack Utility Replacement Aircraft (AURA) program for a next generation aircraft to replace current Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z Huey helicopters around 2030

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

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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