Two competitors will be picked from a pool of five to move forward to build a flying prototype with the intent to pick a winner at the end. The decision is expected to be made this month.
The thrust compounded single-main rotor aircraft has a six-bladed rotor system, a single engine, tandem seating and a modular, state-of-the-art cockpit with a reconfigurable large area display and autonomous capabilities.
“We’re offering more than a helicopter – we’re offering an affordable and fully integrated system for the Army, the mission and the future. We’ve blended innovation, ingenuity and proven rotorcraft experience with extensive testing and advanced analysis to offer a very compelling solution,” said Mark Cherry, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Phantom Works.
“That main rotor is purpose-built for this particular aircraft,” said Shane Openshaw, Boeing FARA program manager. “Think of it as the means to provide the agility and maneuverability that this aircraft requires.”
“We listened to the Army, assessed all alternatives, and optimised our design to provide the right aircraft to meet the requirements,” said Openshaw. “We are offering a very reliable, sustainable and flexible aircraft with a focus on safety and the future fight.”
The fly-by-wire design leverages more than 65 years of rotorcraft experience, proven advanced and additive manufacturing technology, and product commonality driving down risk and costs.