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

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
18-Dec-18 - One Year of Bell V-280 Valor #Valor
30-Nov-18 - V-280 Wins "Best of What’s New in Aerospace" Award #PopularScience
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V-280 Valor


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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