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US Army cancels FARA helicopter programmes to fund UAS and Black Hawk procurement

9th February 2024 - 12:18 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


One of the reasons for cancelling the FARA competition was the shift in Army aviation focus based on lessons learned from recent conflict across the globe. (Photo: Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky)

The cancellation of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) has reflected a shift in focus towards uncrewed systems in response to evolving battlefield dynamics and lessons learned from recent conflicts.

The US Army has announced the cancellation of its multi-billion dollar Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme, putting an end to a significant initiative aimed at developing and producing advanced attack and scout helicopters. 

Instead, funds will be reallocated to prioritise the procurement of uncrewed aerial systems (UAS), bolstering the UH-60M Black Hawk fleet, and advancing the development of the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA), Army officials said on 8 February. This decision underscored the Army’s strategic response to emerging global threats and changing reconnaissance requirements.

The US Army initiated the FARA project in 2018 to develop a replacement for

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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