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Bell confident FARA ‘well postured’ to defeat new air defence threats

27th July 2022 - 12:30 GMT | by Tim Martin in Farnborough


Bell's 360 Invictus FARA Competitive Prototype is nearing full assembly. (Photo: Bell)

The US Army's decision to integrate new light scout helicopters with open systems architecture should be decisive in countering future threats, according to Bell.

Bell has suggested the US Army’s Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) aligned to the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme will be instrumental in countering new air defence threats.  

Open-source reporting continues to show Soviet-era helicopters being shot down at close range in Ukraine, with analysts often questioning the defensive aid capabilities and countermeasures available to Russian forces.

In contrast, the US Army is unlikely to encounter such difficulties once its FARA fleet enters service, according to Chris Gehler, VP and programme director for the Bell 360 Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft.

‘In Ukraine, we are seeing helicopters get

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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