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US Army savours FARA respite but hurts from COVID-19 budget shortfall

27th March 2020 - 12:30 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


Following the on-schedule downselect of Bell and Sikorsky to compete for the Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) prototype design and test phase, the US Army has confirmed it sees no reason why COVID-19 complications should upset planned programme targets.

The army has received no reports from large manufacturers to suggest operational or production issues are afoot because of the spread of the virus, according to Joseph Giunta, senior contracting official at the US Army Contracting Command.

Despite that assessment, a shortfall of $891.5 million to prevent and mitigate the disease has been identified through an unclassified report belonging to ...

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