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AVX Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)

Light Attack / Observation / Scout Helicopter Proposal

AVX Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)

Light Attack / Observation / Scout Helicopter Proposal

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Overview



The AVX FARA concept is of compound arrangement complete with coaxial main rotor systems as well as ducted-fan propulsors.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2028
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): AVX Aircraft Company / L-3 Technologies - USA
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: United States (possible)
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Technical Specifications



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the AVX FARA model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
POWER: 2 x Turboshaft engines of unknown make, model, and output power driving 2 x Three-bladed main rotor units in coaxial arrangement; 2 x Ducted-fan propulsion units.
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Armament



Variable depending on mission scope. Would include any of the following under the wing mainplanes:

1 x 20mm Autocannon in chin mounted turret (based on artist's concept work).

ALSO:
7.62mm OR 12.7mm machine guns.
7.62mm OR 12.7mm machine gun pods.
7.62mm miniguns.
7- or 19-shot rocket pods.
20mm cannon pods.
Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs).
Stinger short-ranged Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs).
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Graphical image of an aircrat automatic cannon
Graphical image of an aircraft Gatling-style rotating gun
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Variants / Models



• Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) - Concept Program Name.


History



Detailing the development and operational history of the AVX Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Light Attack / Observation / Scout Helicopter Proposal.  Entry last updated on 4/24/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The United States military seeks to secure a complete family of helicopters to help replace an aging stock of attack, scout, and transport types. This includes the classic Boeing AH-64 "Apache" attack helicopter, Bell OH-58 "Kiowa" scout, and the venerable Sikorsky UH-60 "Black Hawk" transport lines. The "Future Vertical Lift" - or FVL - has been arranged to find potential successors for this massive endeavor and, from this, the program has branched to include the "Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft" (FARA) of which two current high-profile contenders exist through the Bell V-280 "Valor" tilt-rotor helicopter and the Sikorsky S-97 "Raider" compound helicopter proposals.

Another entry into the field is a new proposal from AVX Aircraft Company (of Texas) partnered with defense industry stalwart L-3 Technologies. This vehicle showcases co-axial main rotor blades (as popularized by several prominent Russian Kamov helicopter designs) and ducted-fans to enhance maneuverability (through a "compound" propulsion scheme arrangement). The conceptual artwork for this helicopter showcases a two-seat cockpit with side-by-side seating, a chin-mounted, turreted triple-barreled automatic cannon as a standard armament installation, low-mounted wingstubs to handle air-launched munitions (rockets and missiles), and high-mounted mainplanes for the required control in forward flight. The tail unit is a twin-finned unit. The coaxial main rotors sit above the fuselage and it is assumed that a twin-turboshaft powerplant arrangement would be featured (both for performance as well as survivability) as well as a wheeled, retractable undercarriage.

The AVX design was unveiled on April 15th, 2019 and is in line, in terms of capabilities, with the expiring OH-58 Kiowa series of light scout / light attack helicopters of the United States Army. This helicopter, of which some 2,200 have been produced to date with exposure seen all over the world, fulfills the observation / reconnaissance roles for the service due to its lightweight stature and inherent agility. It can be modestly armed, typically through a cannon pod, minigun, or rocket pod mounted to outboard stubs, each containing just one hardpoint. The Kiowa series has been consistently upgraded throughout its service life - which began in 1969 to fulfill a standing Army requirement for a versatile light-class rotary-wing platform.

The AVX proposal would face stiff competition from the proposed Sikorsky S-97 Raider - which has already been produced and flown in prototype form.

The United States Army will select two bids from the field of five candidates for further development. Initial Operation Capability (IOC) is tentatively scheduled for 2028 and the service could be eyeing as many as 500 units before the end.




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Unit Production (0)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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