Army considering bringing back cavalry squadrons for FARA

By Jaspreet Gill  
September 6, 2019 at 11:32 AM

Editor’s Note: This story has been changed to reflect the fact that Army aviation has no armored cavalry squadrons.

The Army is “grappling” with the idea of bringing back cavalry squadrons for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, according to a service official.

Maj. Gen. David Francis, commander of the Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Ft. Rucker, AL, said at an Association of the U.S. Army event Sept. 5 that the service may replace the organic cavalry squadrons for reconnaissance and surveillance functions for the FARA, which is expected to be fielded in 2030.

Francis said the issue was first brought up during a recent reconnaissance and security summit at Ft. Hood, TX, that included the service's corps commanders and almost all division commanders who talked about future capabilities.

“The discussion has been, do we need that capability at those echelons, and, if so, then how are we going to fill it?,” he said. “But it is in fact an issue, it is being pursued. We don’t think there will be a cavalry squadron that is not an air-ground element or organization as we move into the future.”

Francis said the issue is in the “very front end of that discussion right now across the Army” and that it’s a high priority for the service’s leadership.