The U.S. Army is holding the final of the assault helicopter competition

The U.S. Army has reduced the number of participants in the Future Attack and Reconnaissance (FARA) competition for the right to receive a contract to produce the multi-purpose future helicopter from five to two. Bell Helicopter (model 360 Invictus) and Sikorsky Aircraft (model Raider X) were given the opportunity to start creating prototypes of combat helicopters, the best of which will replace the outdated Bell OH-58 Kiowa.

Initially a year ago, the FARA development competition included AVX Aircraft with L3Harris, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Karem Aircraft and Sikorsky Aircraft.

In the second phase, the winning companies are expected to submit new prototypes of attack helicopters as part of the agreement, which will take part in the state flight tests in late 2023.

It is expected that the new multi-purpose helicopter will be able to shelter from surface detection and fight in urban environments.

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