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Insight: What next for the FARA five?

24th April 2019 - 11:43 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


The US Army’s decision to select five industry design proposals for its Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competition can be read as a first clear sign that the service is prepared to procure future vertical lift capabilities swiftly.

Those now under contract as part of an initial design review were provided with Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreements on April 23 – over three months before an original July 2019 target.

What is more, the decision to do so is in keeping with a very public US Army agenda to outgun ‘near-peer adversaries’ focused on derailing US air power ambitions.


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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

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

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