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Bell teams with Collins Aerospace for FARA

30th September 2019 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Bell Textron has teamed with Collins Aerospace Systems for the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competitive prototype programme.

As part of a contract awarded in April 2019 Bell is designing a vertical lift aircraft for the competition. Under this agreement, Collins Aerospace will act as mission systems integrator, and deliver avionics hardware and software featuring cyber-hardened and digital backbone solutions to the prototype. 

Collins Aerospace will also provide Model-Based Systems Engineering tools and processes to configure and integrate mission avionics for the FARA.

Dave Schreck, vice president and general manager for military avionics and helicopters at Collins Aerospace, said: ‘By teaming with Bell, we can reduce the overall lifecycle costs and risks associated with this next generation of aircraft and effectively meet the FARA objectives in multidomain threat environments.

‘With a long history of providing avionics solutions to both army and special operations aviators, Collins Aerospace is uniquely positioned to provide Bell with the cutting-edge cockpit technology necessary to enable warfighter mission success.’

Bell’s FARA prototype will take advantage of technologies demonstrated on the V-280 Valor, Bell 525 and other programmes.

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