L3 Techologies, AVX Aircraft show its competitive prototype for the U.S. Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The AVX Aircraft Company of Fort Worth, Texas, and L3 Technologies of New York City, N.Y., announced their compound coaxial helicopter (CCH) design, which is competing for Phase 1 of the U.S. Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA)-Competitive Prototype (CP) program competition.
The designers say that this solution will exceed the reconnaissance and light-attack mission of FARA, noting that its AVX-L3 CCH will meet 100 percent of mandatory requirements and exceed 70 percent of them.
“This FARA-CP solution provides L3 and AVX an opportunity to demonstrate the agility and innovation that sets our team apart in support of the U.S. Army’s modernization priorities,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of L3 Technologies. “We are collaborating to deliver a prototype that provides powerful leap-ahead capability for our warfighters at an affordable life-cycle cost.”
The companies’ next-generation single-engine design is paired with a wing for lift during high-speed forward flight, and includes:
- A fly-by-wire, side-by-side cockpit optimized for pilot efficiency
- Two ducted fans that provide forward and reverse thrust for both high-speed operation and agility
- Modern open systems architecture (MOSA)-based digital backbone and avionics systems
- A small form factor that meets C-17 loading and Navy DDG shipboard size limits through manually folding blades and wings
- Modularity that provides for component reuse and a high degree of systems commonality across all of the U.S. Army capability sets
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