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Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft

4 Flights, 3 Hours, 20 Knots: Boeing’s Defiant Inches Ahead

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Mechanical fixes kept the SB>1 compound helicopter grounded for weeks this summer, but Sikorsky insists they can catch up.

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What Will Boeing Offer For Army’s FARA Scout? Don’t Ask.

Posted by Richard Whittle on


Whatever their aircraft is like, Boeing’s PR strategy is definitely stealthy. There’s a strategic reason for that.

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Raider-X: Sikorsky’s Supersized S-97 For Army Scout

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Sikorsky says their Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft design will fly faster, with bigger weapons, than archrival Bell’s. Bell says theirs will be cheaper and more reliable.

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Sikorsky Be Nimble: S-97 Raider Shows Off For Army FARA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Flying sideways, backwards, in pirouettes, and in a markedly quiet stealth mode, the hybrid helicopter-turboprop demonstrated the maneuverability the Army considers essential to survive high-tech future battles with Russia or China.

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Sikorsky: S-97 Raider Is Safe At Any Speed

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The company is confident that there is no inherent flaw in the design. Instead, they say, there was a software error that would have hamstrung any aircraft — and that error won’t happen again.

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ITEP: GE Defends Its Helicopter Engine

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Leaked extracts from an Army review tell only part of the story, a 12-year saga of extensive research, development, and testing, the company argues.

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FARA: Army Awards 5 Design Contracts; Winner Enters Production in 2028

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Awards for Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft designs went to Bell, Boeing, Karem, Sikorsky, and a partnership of AVX and L-3.

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Bell To Offer Conventional Helicopter For Army FARA Scout

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Instead of trying to scale down its tiltrotor technology, Bell will offer a derivative of its Bell 525. Will it have the speed and range the Army wants?

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Invisible, Essential: Open Architecture For Army Aircraft

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Army will hold five demonstrations this year for the electronic backbone of its future manned aircraft and drones. A forerunner is already entering service.

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National Guard Will Get Black Hawk Replacement Early: Army Vice-Chief

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


FLRAA will go to select Guard units ahead of most of the regular Army, Gen. McConville said. That’s a far cry from past conflicts over helicopters.

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