06 Mar 2020 | By Vishnu Aravind
Boeing has just dropped the next bombshell.

FARA stands for Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft. This new helicopter concept is unique in that it has 3 rotors!



The traditional helicopter design involves a main rotor at the top to generate lift. The tail rotor is designed to provide counter-torque and help in turning (called yawing) the helicopter.

However, the FARA concept involves a third rotor placed at the end of the tail boom. The thrust of this rotor is directed inline with the axis of the fuselage. This means that this rotor enhances the forward thrust which implies higher speeds.

The design encompasses a 2-man, tandem seating cockpit. The aircraft is single-engined though. This means that the helicopter will be much smaller compared to contemporary rotor-aircraft.

Boeing has released a 43 second video showing us all just enough to keep us guessing.



Interestingly, it appears the weapons are stored internally. This hints at some level of stealth capability. The targeting pod and chin gun are standard on any attack helo of the day now.

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