Both down-selected offerors will aim to complete air vehicle detailed design, construction and test efforts before the government evaluates their platforms at a flight test slated to happen by the fall of 2023, the Army said Wednesday.
Bruce Jette, acquisition chief of the Army and a 2020 Wash100 awardee, said the branch identified the FARA program as its top “aviation modernization priority” and key to help combatant commands counter adversaries’ integrated air defense systems.
Phase one of the program concluded with initial design and risk assessment efforts.
According to the Army, it wants a FARA platform that can operate in complex airspace and a degraded environment to defeat peer or near-peer adversaries.
Sikorsky’s offering is based on its S-97 Raider attack helicopter and X2 technology.