The U.S. Army is seeking a new scout helicopter called the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, or FARA. Its mission is to penetrate the battlespace in future conflicts far beyond the forward edge of friendly forces, searching for enemy forces and collecting intelligence on local topography. It’s a dangerous mission that requires an agile, highly survivable helicopter that can hide below the tree line. However, the mission is so critical to successful land warfare that it is the Army’s top aviation modernization priority. I have written a piece for Forbes here describing Army goals for the program.
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