April 27, 2022 By Helicopters Staff
Bell Textron signed a teaming agreement with Sierra Nevada Corporation, a global aerospace and national security company, which joins Team Invictus as the mission systems integrator for FARA Increment 1. Bell is developing the 360 Invictus for the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competition, which is closer to become a program of record.
As the mission systems integrator for the Bell 360 Invictus, Bell explains SNC will play a key role in providing mission equipment that delivers cost-effective next-generation capability that the Army requires.
As a member of Team Invictus, SNC will support integration of the Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA), enabling Army Aviation to achieve its objectives of adaptability, overmatch, commonality and total lifecycle affordability.
Bell’s MOSA strategy utilizes an Open Architecture Digital Backbone for the integration of currently fielded mission system equipment while readying the aircraft for future mission system upgrades.
“FARA is vital for modernization and is an immediate requirement for the Joint-Force to execute Multi-Domain Operations. The Bell 360 Invictus is purpose built to deliver the transformational capabilities that enable leaders to have operational flexibility to create dilemmas for the enemy in multi-domain operations,” said Keith Flail, executive vice president, Advanced Vertical Lift Systems at Bell. “Bell and SNC are teaming to provide the Army with advanced mission systems that are not only capable when fielded but also rapidly and affordably upgradable to maintain overmatch and dominance.”