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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 3:26 p.m. PST

"Boeing is offering a new, clean-sheet design helicopter for the Army's future attack reconnaissance aircraft, or FARA, program, the company announced March 3.

The platform which is currently nameless features a thrust compounded single-main rotor with a six-bladed rotor system, a single engine, tandem seating, a modular cockpit with a reconfigurable display and a fly-by-wire design.

"This is a perfect opportunity to go after a clean-sheet approach," said Shane Openshaw, FARA program manager at Boeing. It "meets the requirement and gives us an opportunity to innovate within that trade space on a clean-sheet design and not be constrained by an existing design to come to a solution," he added…"


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arealdeadone25 Mar 2020 3:43 p.m. PST

Remember the RAH-66 Commanche!?! Billions spent and then the project got cancelled!

And the US Army just deactivated all its remaining OH-58D ARHs and is offloading them to allies for free (Greece (70), Croatia (16) and Tunisia (24)have acquired 110 between them)!

I don't think the US Army knows what it wants.

Gunny B25 Mar 2020 10:05 p.m. PST

Single engine? Bold move…..

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2020 5:56 p.m. PST

I suspect that Congressional pork-barrel meddling is behind this, as usual.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2020 10:19 p.m. PST



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