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Army Names Five Awardees for Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Design Phase

The U.S. Army has awarded other transaction agreements to five contractors to provide initial designs of the service’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft platform, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday.

Boeing (NYSE: BA), Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Sikorsky subsidiary, AVX Aircraft, Textron’s (NYSE: TXT) Bell Helicopter subsidiary and Karem Aircraft were selected out of eight FARA proposers.

Following assessment of aircraft designs, the Army will down-select to two participants that will move into the prototyping stage by February 2020.

The service branch plans to name one winner for the FARA program and expects low-rate production of the aircraft to commence by 2028.

“We’re looking at every opportunity to accelerate the process to get it earlier,” Col. Craig Alia, chief of staff for the Army’s Future Vertical Lift Cross Functional Team, told Breaking Defense in an interview.

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