Boeing is offering the U.S. Army a purpose-built aircraft for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) prototype competition.

Boeing FARA is designed to meet the Army’s current mission needs while evolving as technologies and missions change, say the firm.

“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.”

“We’re offering more than a helicopter – we’re offering an affordable and fully integrated system for the Army, the mission and the future. We’ve blended innovation, ingenuity and proven rotorcraft experience with extensive testing and advanced analysis to offer a very compelling solution,” said Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Phantom Works.

“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.”

FARA will fill a critical gap in US Army aviation for an advanced light attack and reconnaissance capability, previously held by the now-retired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.

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1 year ago

Hmm, the above picture doesn’t show the full picture of the Boeing design. Check out the link to the Boeing publicity video: They have chosen an odd design. It combines a traditional helicopter main rotor and tail rotor, with a pusher propeller. The overall shape at least from the front follows the late Comanche project, complete with a pair of internal weapon bays. However, they have chosen to go with a tilted un-shrouded tail rotor to counter the main rotor’s torque reaction. By tilting the tail rotor much like the Blackhawks, it can generate some lift as well as… Read more »