Military Capabilities

US Army releases Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competitive prototype draft RFI

25 June 2018

Key Points

  • The US Army wants information on a FARA prototype
  • The service wants an optionally manned aircraft to make first flight in early 2023

The US Army on 22 June released a draft request for information (RFI) for a Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competitive prototype with an eye on first contract award in the third quarter of 2019.

The army currently cannot conduct armed reconnaissance, light attack, and security with improved stand-off and lethal and non-lethal capabilities with a platform sized to hide in radar clutter and for urban canyons of mega cities. To close this gap, the army envisions an optionally manned, next-generation rotorcraft with attributes of reduced cognitive workload, increased operational tempo through ultra-reliable designs and extended maintenance-free periods, and advanced teaming and autonomous capabilities.

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