Luke Savoie, president of surveillance and strike systems sector at L3 Technologies, has saidÂ L3 and partnerÂ AVX AircraftÂ aimÂ to meet the Capability Set 1 requirements of theÂ U.S. Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program by designing a platform from the outset,Â Rotor and Wing International reported Thursday.
He told the publication theÂ teamÂ is working on a coaxial compound helicopter that would combine the agility of A/MH-6M Little BirdÂ and the lethality of AH-64 Apache.
The Army awarded contracts to the AVX/L3 partnership, Boeing, Bell, Sikorsky and Karem Aircraft in April to createÂ prototypesÂ for theÂ replacement of the military service's Apache helicopter.
The service branchÂ may chooseÂ two FARA finalists in early 2020 and seeks to fly experimental aircraft by 2022Â through the four-phase prototyping competition, the report noted.
SavoieÂ noted theÂ AVX/L3Â offering are designed with light composite materials, a modular bay, sensors for targeting and situational awarenessÂ and a system to operate in anti-access area denial environments or dense urban areas.