As part of the Prototype Competition for Advanced Attack Reconnaissance Aviation (FARA) for the US Army, Boeing presented its concept of a helicopter of the future, which may soon replace its outdated predecessor of the Cold War era - the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior. In addition to Boeing, Bell, AVX Aircraft, Karem Aircraft and Sikorsky are participating in the competition.
Until recently, Boeing kept its FARA variant a secret, but recently an image and schematic description of some of the features of this promising two-seater attack helicopter was published.
In line with the concept presented, Boeing's FARA will be powered by an all-new General Electric E901 turboshaft engine, a six-bladed main rotor, tail rotor and a four-bladed pusher. The helicopter will be able to accelerate to 330 km / h.
The narrow-section cockpit has a tandem layout and a common control interface for both crew members. The vehicle will have state-of-the-art guided avionics, autonomous capabilities, and a large touch-screen display in the cockpit. The FARA has two ammunition bays on each side of the fuselage and a 20mm aircraft cannon in the bow.
According to the online edition Defense News, prototype prototypes should be ready for flight by 2023, and serial production of the winning project will begin in 2028.