The AVX / L3 team has proposed to offer an advanced modular armed reconnaissance and light attack platform for the programme.
L3 Technologies chairman, chief executive officer and president Christopher E Kubasik said: “The L3 / AVX FARA proposal demonstrates our commitment to provide innovative solutions for the army’s modernisation priorities.
“Our significant engineering, manufacturing, integration and test capabilities enable us to deliver a cost-efficient and highly capable FARA platform. AVX operates with the same agile and innovative culture as L3, which allows us to successfully collaborate in advancing this revolutionary design into the effective next-generation aircraft the army seeks.”
The AVX / L3 solution will leverage L3’s expertise in systems engineering, weapons, sensor and communications systems integration, as well as AVX Aircraft’s experience in coaxial rotor platforms and propulsion systems.
AVX Aircraft chairman and CEO Troy Gaffey said: “L3’s deep experience in providing cutting-edge capabilities to the US Army and Special Operations communities fits very well with AVX Aircraft’s expertise in clean-sheet helicopter design.
“We look forward to showing the army that we are the non-traditional solution they are looking for to propel them into the future.”
The FARA competitive prototype programme officially started on 3 October following the release a draft solicitation in June.
The US Army is expected to award contracts in June next year and production programme to begin in 2024.
The army is looking for an advanced, survivable and lethal solution in FARA aircraft, which is named as a top modernisation priority.