Boeing has revealedÂ its fly-by-wireÂ design of a helicopter the company intends to offerÂ in the U.S. Army's Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft program.
The Chicago-based plane makerÂ said Tuesday its offering to the FARA prototyping competition is designed to have a single engine, tandem seating configuration, a cockpit with large area display and autonomous systems and aÂ thrust-compounded main rotor system that house six blades.
The company aims to help addressÂ the service branch'sÂ light attack and reconnaissance requirementÂ with a platform that incorporates long-range firingÂ and air-launchingÂ features.
â€œWe listened to the Army, assessed all alternatives, and optimized our design to provide the right aircraft to meet the requirements,â€ said Shane Openshaw, FARA program manager at Boeing.
The Army introducedÂ the FARA program to identify a replacement forÂ the branch'sÂ OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter platform.