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Saying Goodbye to the AH64's

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Hello. I have a question. I heard about the US Army's "FARA" Project. Basically it's a project aimed at looking for a new design or new kind of bird that will replace half of the Army's total fleet of AH64's by 2030. There is already one candidate, the chopper with 2 rotors on top the other one to counter the torque, but they are the same size rotors on top of each other. So the tail rotor is one rotor at the rear of the bird. Imagine a torpedo underwater moving, it moves forward because of the propeller at the back of the torpedo, the new chopper has that same design. My question is, once that happens, what will happen to the AH-64 pilots? Will they be taught on how to fly the new one's? Will they be allowed to change airframes? Like from 64's to 60's or 47's? What will happen to them? 

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FARA is a replacement program for the 58D, not the Apache directly. It will fill the scout role the Apache has been tasked to do since the 58D went away. The two designs by Sikorsky and Bell being considered are both smaller and carry less armament than the Apache. The Army wants to start fielding them by 2030 but that seems overly optimistic to me given how procurement and testing tends to run way over budget and timeline.

The 64E will be around for much longer beyond 2030 if the version 6 upgrades, new gen TADS, PNVS, FCR, RFI and engines are all funded for the fleet. The Army will transition surplus 64 pilots if the Army thinks it's worth it or they will cut you loose like happened to a good number of 58 guys. 

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6 hours ago, walkerman180 said:

They’ll probably just be executed to prevent classified data spillage.  
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That’s what happened to a few of my Kiowa friends.  :( RIP

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