Boeing has revealed its new agile, fully integrated, purpose-built system for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) prototype fir the US Army.
The thrust compounded single-main rotor helicopter boasts a six-bladed rotor system, a single engine, tandem seating and a modular, state-of-the-art cockpit with a reconfigurable large area display and autonomous capabilities.
The fly-by-wire design, which feature advanced and additive manufacturing technology, will provide seamless capability within the Army ecosystem to include Long-Range Precision Fires and air-launched effects.
The system aims to fill a critical gap in Army aviation for an advanced light attack and reconnaissance capability, previously held by the now-retired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
“We’re offering more than a helicopter – we’re offering an affordable and fully integrated system for the Army, the mission and the future,” said Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Phantom Works. “We’ve blended innovation, ingenuity and proven rotorcraft experience with extensive testing and advanced analysis to offer a very compelling solution.”
“We listened to the Army, assessed all alternatives, and optimized our design to provide the right aircraft to meet the requirements,” said Shane Openshaw, Boeing FARA program manager. “We are offering a very reliable, sustainable and flexible aircraft with a focus on safety and the future fight.”