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US Army downselects FARA prototype providers

26th March 2020 - 15:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Army has selected Bell Helicopter Textron and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to design and test the prototype of the Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) and progress to phase 2 of development.

FARA will gradually replace the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.

Currently, the US Army does not have an aircraft fleet which can conduct armed reconnaissance, light attack and security with lethal and non-lethal capabilities.

Gen. John Murray, Army Futures Command’s commanding general said: ‘Our focus is on delivering capability for our Soldiers at the speed of relevance… We’re doing that here – providing opportunites for our industry partners to design, test and build capability alongside our soldiers to ensure that we win on a future battlefield.’

A government flight test of a final prototype is expected in Q3 of 2023. Boeing had also proposed designs for the FARA which were unveiled on 3 March

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