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Title: US Army spent billions on a new helicopter that now will never fly
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Published: Feb 9, 2024
Author: Mike Rivero
Post Date: 2024-02-09 08:15:17 by Horse
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The Army previously held a competition to design, build and test Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft prototypes to fill an existing capability gap created by the divestiture of the OH-58 helicopter, shown. (Cpl. Koby Saunders/U.S. Marine Corps)

The U.S. Army is ending its latest effort to build a new armed scout helicopter, known as the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, an abrupt change of direction that marks one of the department’s most significant program cancellations of the last decade.

The service had already spent at least $2 billion on the program and had requested another $5 billion for the next five years, according to budget documents.

The helicopter program arrived in 2018 with lofty expectations. Army leaders hoped it would serve as a model for new acquisition approaches for its most complex and most expensive weapon systems. Prototypes from Bell Textron and Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky were expected to fly later this year. And, perhaps most importantly, the aircraft was slated to provide a long-needed armed scout solution after decades of starts and stops.

But Thursday, the Army’s top acquisition officials described a new vision and major aviation overhaul. In addition to ending FARA, the Army plans to get rid of its entire Shadow and Raven unmanned aircraft fleets, said Doug Bush, the service’s acquisition chief.

It will also stop fielding its new replacement for UH-60 Lima-model Black Hawk utility helicopter — the Victor-model — to the Army National Guard and instead field UH-60 Mike-models, the latest variant used in the active force, Bush said.

Finally, the service will delay procurement of its next-generation helicopter engine, which was set to be used in all UH-60s, AH-64 Apache attack helicopters as well as to power FARA

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#1. To: Horse (#0)

How much did the Marine Corps spend on the V-22 and never was any good. All they use it for is flying brass around

Darkwing  posted on  2024-02-09   11:35:16 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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