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Wittman Statement on Army Decision to End Development of Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft

Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces (TAL) Subcommittee, released the following statement after the U.S. Army informed the HASC of their decision to end development of the Future Attack and Reconnaissance Aircraft:

“The Army’s enormous aviation program changes require serious scrutiny from Congress. To better assess the administration’s proposal to terminate these aviation programs and divest legacy platforms, I plan to hold a hearing this spring on Army aviation rebalancing, the path forward, and the health of the industrial base. Of note, one of my provisions in the FY24 NDAA required the Army to complete an Analysis of Alternatives (AOA) document on FARA. I plan on reviewing how the Army plans to address the service’s aviation attack and reconnaissance mission-set without FARA, expended funds, vision for future investments, and how the AOA informed this decision. The Army must expediate delivery of this document to Congress to inform our work in the FY25 NDAA and appropriations bills.”

The TAL Subcommittee oversees a vast portfolio of modernization programs that impact the future capabilities of the U.S. military's ground and air forces and munitions stockpiles.