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Could the Army's New Scout Helicopter Have Wings?

War Is Boring

War Is Boring

Technology, Americas

There's a new, futuristic design under consideration.

Could the Army's New Scout Helicopter Have Wings?

When the U.S. Army retired their fleets of OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopters, they ran into a rather sticky predicament as a result of their short-sighted haste: they had no adequate replacement for the venerable scout.

In the aftermath of the 2017 retirement of the Kiowa Warrior series, AH-64 Apache helicopter attempted to fill the role, with mixed success.

“The Apache is the best attack helicopter in the world, but it’s not the best-armed reconnaissance helicopter,” U.S. Army Brigadier General Walter Rugen of Army Futures Command said earlier this month. “We need a smaller form factor that can hide in the radar clutter and that has reach.”

The Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program is in search of a fast, agile scout, which can bring long range, sensor suites and fierce armament to bear.

While Bell-Textron, Airbus, Boeing, and Sikorsky are sure to throw their hats in the ring, a lesser-known competitor team has also entered the fray: AVX and L3 Technologies, with a fascinating and unique-looking scout chopper- that barely looks like a chopper at all.

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