AVX and L3 unveil design for US Army's Future Attack/Reconnaissance Aircraft program

Since 2012, when Bell’s OH-58 Kiowa was retired from recon and light attack duties it had performed since 1969, the Army has been using Boeing’s AH-64 Apache in that role. The Apache is a fine attack heli, but Brigadier-General Walter Rugen, cross-functional team director of the Army’s Future Vertical Lift team, described it as “a suboptimal solution. The Apache is an attack helicopter, not an armed reconnaissance helicopter. We did it for budget considerations.”

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