Boeing reveals design of US Army Aircraft
Posted on 27 Mar 2020 and read 584 times
For the US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) prototype competition, Boeing is offering what it refers to as an agile and fully integrated purpose-built system.
Features of the helicopter include a thrust-compounded main rotor with six blades, a single engine, tandem seating and a modular ‘state of the art’ cockpit with a reconfigurable large-area display and autonomous capabilities.
Mark Cherry, general manager of Boeing’s Phantom Works, said: “We are offering more than a helicopter — a fully integrated system that blends innovation, ingenuity and proven rotorcraft experience with extensive testing and advanced analysis to offer a compelling solution.”
The fly-by-wire design ‘leverages’ more than 65 years of rotorcraft experience, proven advanced-manufacturing and additive-manufacturing technology, plus product commonality, to drive down risk and costs.
Shane Openshaw, Boeing’s FARA programme manager, said: “We listened to the Army, assessed all alternatives, and optimised our design to provide the right aircraft to meet the requirements. 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 Army aviation for an advanced light attack and reconnaissance capability, previously held by the now-retired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.
More information about Boeing FARA and its features can be found at the Web site (www.boeing.com/FARA