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Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype

AVX Aircraft Company and L3Harris submitted a joint proposal for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) Competitive Prototype program in December 2018 and were selected as one of five competitors for further development.

The AVX-L3Harris solution combines AVX Aircraft’s rich history of coaxial rotor platforms and propulsion systems with L3Harris’s proven products; systems engineering; weapons, sensor and communications systems integration; and full-rate production capabilities to provide the Army with an advanced modular armed reconnaissance and light attack platform. 

The AVX-L3Harris Compound Coaxial Helicopter (CCH) meets the reconnaissance and light attack mission with a lethal, survivable, and affordable platform. The winning AVX design, paired with the rigor of the L3Harris Integrated Aerospace System’s processes and certifications, delivers a safe, airworthy aircraft.

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Future Long-Range Attack Aircraft (FLRAA)

The AVX Aircraft Company design for the Army FLRAA program offers the capabilities the Army wants for the future fleet of utility and attack aircraft at an attractive price. The AVX Capability Set 3 design aircraft has entry doors on both sides of the fuselage as well as a large rear ramp for easy cargo handling. Additionally, it has retractable landing gear and the attack variant carries all armaments stored inside until needed which provides a “clean” aerodynamic design.  Notable are its specifications for payload capacity, rear ramp availability, forward speed, takeoff/landing performance and ease of maintenance.  The AVX FLRAA uses the growth ITEP engine. AVX was selected for a further design study contract on FLRAA.


Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node (Tern)

Small-deck ships such as destroyers and frigates could greatly increase their effectiveness if they had their own unmanned air systems (UAS) to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and other capabilities at long range around the clock. Current state-of-the-art UAS aircraft, however, lack the ability to take off and land from confined spaces in rough seas and achieve efficient long-duration flight. Tern, a joint program between DARPA and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks to provide these and other previously unattainable capabilities.

AVX Aircraft Company was selected for the final design, fabrication and test support of the transmission and rotor systems for a planned full-scale technology demonstrator of the Tern unmanned system.  AVX supplied the rotor and drive systems to Northrop Grumman for the DARPA/ONR Tern UAS program.  The rotor and drive systems were tested on a run stand. The program is awaiting additional funding and no further work is being done at this time.