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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

    07-Oct-21 - Bell Teams with CAE for FLRAA and FARA Training #FVL
    08-Jul-21 - Future Vertical Lift at Bell Lab in Arlington Texas #FVL
    26-Jun-21 - V-280 Advancing for FLRAA Requirement #FLRAA
    07-May-21 - Safran Landing Gear for V-280 Valor #LandingGear
    12-Apr-21 - Bell V-280 Competitive Demonstration #FLRAA
    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
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    V-280 Valor

    Sikorsky Defiant X

    09-Sep-21 - Defiant X Coming Earlier than Expected #DefiantX
    18-Apr-21 - Defiant X Competitive Demonstration #DefiantX
    25-Jan-21 - Sikorsky-Boeing Announced Defiant X #DefiantX

    Defiant X


    Defiant X Coming Earlier than Expected, 09-Sep-21 : #DefiantX Sikorsky-Boeing team announced will deliver Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) proposal early to the US Army while continuing to conduct flight tests and expand SB>1 Defiant’s flight envelope

    Bell 360 Invictus is Taking Form, 13-Aug-21 : #Invictus The Bell 360 Invictus is progressing through manufacturing, assembly, components testing, and systems integration work for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) prototype competition

    Future Vertical Lift at Bell Lab in Arlington Texas, 08-Jul-21 : #FVL Bell’s investment in advanced capabilities at the new center in Arlington, Texas focus on integration, verification and validation testing on Bell’s solutions to support the US Army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programs

    V-280 Advancing for FLRAA Requirement, 26-Jun-21 : #FLRAA Following historic development and flight test program the Bell V-280 Valor team focuses on the US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition

    Safran Landing Gear for V-280 Valor, 07-May-21 : #LandingGear French Safran Landing Systems to provide the landing gear for the Bell V-280 Valor tilt-rotor currently competing in the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) Program

    Defiant X Competitive Demonstration, 18-Apr-21 : #DefiantX The Sikorsky / Boeing Defiant X to continue to the Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction (CD&RR) phase. Defiant X is competing in the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft Program (FLRAA) against the Bell V-280 Valor

    S-97 Raider Visit to Redstone Arsenal, 15-Apr-21 : #Raider Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter completed demonstration agility at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama home of US Army Future Vertical Lift (FVL) team

    Bell V-280 Competitive Demonstration, 12-Apr-21 : #FLRAA Bell is executing the second phase of a Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction (CD&RR) contract to inform the imminent program of record competition for US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA)

    OPV Black Hawk with Supervised Autonomy, 30-Mar-21 : #drones Sikorsky and DARPA fly the optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) Black Hawk helicopter with supervised autonomy

    Sikorsky-Boeing Announced Defiant X, 25-Jan-21 : #DefiantX The Sikorsky / Boeing team announced Defiant X as its proposal for the US Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition. Will compete against a derivative of the Bell V-280 Valor in 2022

    14-Jan-21 - Bell V-280 Agility Testing #agility
    21-Dec-20 - 200 Flight Hours for Bell V-280 Valor #FLRAA
    15-Oct-20 - SB>1 Defiant Achieved 211 Knots #Defiant
    19-Sep-20 - Army Experimental Test Pilots Fly V-280 Valor #Redstone
    10-Aug-20 - Bell New Manufacturing Technology Center #manufacturing
    09-Aug-20 - Sikorsky in the Army Modernization Program
    22-Jul-20 - Astronics Power Systems for Bell’ FARA and FLRAA #electric
    21-Jul-20 - Rolls-Royce Engines for V-280 Valor #RollsRoyce
    14-Jul-20 - Army Searches Configurations for Future Helicopters
    29-Jun-20 - Mecaer Joined Invictus Team for FARA #TeamInvictus
    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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