American FARA will receive “killers” of Russian “Shells”

Developed within the framework of the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) project, the helicopter for the US Army will receive a 20-mm cannon capable of “killing” lightly armored systems, in particular, the Pantsir-C1 anti-aircraft missile-gun system (ZRPK) of Russian production, writes the American magazine Popular Mechanics.

“As a reconnaissance helicopter, FARA will move along the front line and even rush behind enemy lines, actively looking for enemy targets and hitting sudden threats with rapid bursts of 20 mm shells,” the publication says.

According to the publication, the corresponding gun, called the Sky Viper, is being developed by Northrop Grumman. This weapon is based on the 30mm M230 cannon of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. A competitor to the Sky Viper for the FARA helicopter will be a weapon developed according to the Gatling scheme by General Dynamics.

In March 2020, Vertical magazine wrote that the U.S. Army had selected Bell (a subsidiary of Textron) and Sikorsky (acquired by Lockheed Martin) to replace nearly 200 Bell OH-58D Kiowa multipurpose helicopters and half of the Army’s McDonnell Douglas AH-64 fleet through the FARA competition. Apache.

In February, the American company Bell released on Twitter an advertising video in which the 360 ​​Invictus helicopter “kills” the promising Russian T-14 and T-15 combat vehicles of the Armata platform.

Ivan Potapov