Poll: How Will The Future Vertical Lift Program Evolve Over The Next Five Years?

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FARA (Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft) is intended to replace Boeing AH-64E Apaches now used in the armed reconnaissance role—about half the Army’s fleet—with the first unit scheduled to be equipped in 2028.

FLRAA (Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft) is intended to replace the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. The intent is to have the first unit equipped in fiscal 2030. The Army requested $134.4 million in fiscal 2021 and $2.44 billion over fiscal 2021-25 for the effort.

The plan is to field both aircraft simultaneously in fiscal year 2030 which means they’re going to really start the competitions in the next year or two for both of the programs.

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