Boeing reveals reconnaissance aircraft design for US Army

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced the introduction of a system that´s purpose-built for the US ARmy´s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) prototype competition, the company said.

Boeing FARA is designed to meet the Army´s current mission needs while evolving as technologies and missions change. The thrust compounded single-main rotor helicopter boasts a six-bladed rotor system, a single engine, tandem seating and a modular, state-of-the-art cockpit with a reconfigurable large area display and autonomous capabilities.

The fly-by-wire design leverages more than 65 years of rotorcraft experience, proven advanced and additive manufacturing technology, and product commonality driving down risk and costs. The system will provide seamless capability within the Army ecosystem to include Long-Range Precision Fires and air-launched effects.

FARA will fill a critical gap in Army aviation for an advanced light attack and reconnaissance capability, previously held by the now-retired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.