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

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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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Bell Unveils Army Scout Helicopter — With Wings

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With its trademark tiltrotors too big for the Army’s FARA requirement, Bell is squeezing every ounce of performance out of a helicopter. Will it be fast enough?

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

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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

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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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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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SB>1 Defiant Will Be Worth The Wait: Sikorsky & Boeing

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Sikorsky and Boeing are saying that their aircraft is taking longer than Bell’s because their design is more inventive — harder, riskier, and more time-consuming, yes, but ultimately better. In particular, while the SB>1 looks like it’ll be a little slower than the V-280, going by the companies’ projections for top speed, Sikorsky and Boeing say their machine will be much more maneuverable.

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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 Really Wants Armed Recon Aircraft — Again: VCSA, CFT Chief

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The Army’s new emphasis on armed recon could potentially disrupt the all-service Future Vertical Lift project (FVL).

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Sikorsky Flies Triple Threat For FVL: Light, Medium, & Robot

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CRYSTAL CITY: This is the year Sikorsky catches up on the Future Vertical Lift program, company executives told reporters Monday. Yes, last year arch-rival Bell Helicopter was first to fly its entry in the Joint Multi-Role flight demonstration, the official lead-in to FVL. But this year Sikorsky will fly not one but three different aircraft… Keep reading →

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