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FARA: Why AVX Has A Shot At Army Scout

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Dark horse design house AVX has never built a complete aircraft. The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competition just might change that.

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

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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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Textron, Martin Win $99.5M For Army Scout Drone: FTUAS

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The new drone is just one part of an ambitious overhaul of Army aviation.

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Don’t Panic About Apaches: Army Not Junking Gunships

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Will the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft “replace” some AH-64 Apache gunships? Sort of, technically — but that’s a misleading slice of a bigger story.

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FVL: Next Steps For UH-60 & Shadow Replacements In ‘Weeks’

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How can Army accelerate its Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft when one leading contender started flight tests just seven days ago?

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Army Wants Revolutionary Scout Aircraft For $30 Million, Same As Apache E

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The Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) must have enough artificial intelligence to fly unmanned at least part of the time, a secure network to control drones, and combination of speed and range that’s impossible for traditional helicopters.

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Killer Angel On Your Shoulder: Army’s Future Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft

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Manned air and ground forces would work together and protect each other along the front line, while relatively expendable drones and missiles go deep into enemy airspace.

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Congress Divided On $75M For Army Scout Aircraft: Fly The Deadly Skies

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WASHINGTON: Senate appropriators want to give the Army $75.4 million to kick-start its new scout aircraft, but key authorizers told us they are skeptical. (House appropriators are so far silent). The crucial questions: Can a manned, low-altitude, lightweight aircraft survive against the Russian threat? And can the Army afford the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)… Keep reading →

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Uncertainty & Anxiety About Army’s New Scout Aircraft

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WASHINGTON: After months of hints, the Army announced Friday it wants competing prototypes of a Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft flying by 2023. But there’s a deal of uncertainty — even anxiety — about what the Army wants. “Industry can develop whatever the government tells them what they want, if it sticks to the requirements and… Keep reading →

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Army’s ‘Big Six’ Ride Into The Valley Of Death

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The Army’s modernization initiatives aren’t plunging into the valley of death this week or even, in most cases, this year. It will take time to build prototypes, to test them and to figure out how the force will make the most of new technology. But over the next few years, enough of these projects have to make it across that daunting gap to actually change the Army.

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