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US Army looks for ‘efficiencies’ to protect FARA production timeline

9th June 2022 - 13:00 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast

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Bell's 360 Invictus FARA Competitive Prototype during assembly at the company's Amarillo, Texas facility. (Photo: Bell)

The US Army has spoken of how it expects to manage the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft effort, after a delay in engine development had a knock-on effect on aircraft prototype flight tests.

After failing in an attempt to accelerate engine development activities by a year, the US Army is currently examining ‘all options’ to work out if new ‘efficiencies’ can support the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programme beyond Milestone B.

The T901-GE-900 engine from General Electric (GE) will be fitted on two FARA prototypes for a fly-off phase that would determine which aircraft enters production, but issues related to the manufacturer’s supplier base ‘negated realization of a necessary 12-month engine development acceleration in order to support [the] original FARA need,’ Col Kevin Chaney, FARA project manager in the US Army, said in a statement.

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