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The Scorpion’s wind of change
Flight Global Blogs ^ | 13 December, 2013 | Craig Hoyle

Posted on 12/13/2013 12:03:19 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Well done to Textron AirLand, which has completed the first flight of its (let’s be kind) “unique-looking” Scorpion light strike aircraft.

Stephen Trimble’s report into the design’s 12 December debut reveals an expected unit cost of less than $20 million, discussions with at least two potential military customers, and the possibility of producing the aircraft in an unmanned configuration.

Do we think the Scorpion will be a game-changer? Most likely not in the manned counter-insurgency segment: this is a model which could satisfy a niche requirement for most optimistically a small number of users. The prospect of a twin-jet unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform also might appeal to only a handful of buyers.

What’s refreshing though is that the team behind the composite-fuselaged type has gone from concept to first flight in just 23 months. We’ll be keeping an eye on the project over the coming year, with first weapons trials due to occur before the end of 2014.

[No apologies for the German mullet-rock-inspired headline, by the way.] - See more at: http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2013/12/scorpions-wind-change/#sthash.Gdk0NzSf.dpuf


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; cessna; scorpion

1 posted on 12/13/2013 12:03:19 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

2 posted on 12/13/2013 12:11:52 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Nice clean design but the market for it is very slim.


3 posted on 12/13/2013 12:13:23 PM PST by Bidimus1
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ping.


4 posted on 12/13/2013 12:16:57 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

A-10 daddy and a F-18 mommy.


5 posted on 12/13/2013 12:17:11 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: sukhoi-30mki
For more information, have a look at the manufacturer's website.
6 posted on 12/13/2013 12:19:15 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Do you reckon you could fly one of these off an amphibious assault ship?


7 posted on 12/13/2013 12:24:29 PM PST by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: EEGator

That’s the first thing I thought of too. Big fan here. :)


8 posted on 12/13/2013 12:26:16 PM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

doesn’t look unmanned to me

heh


9 posted on 12/13/2013 12:28:14 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Bidimus1

Philippines, they can’t seem to afford real jets


10 posted on 12/13/2013 12:28:42 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Mich Patriot

Clue me in, please.


11 posted on 12/13/2013 12:28:57 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

12 posted on 12/13/2013 12:33:57 PM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: BCW

13 posted on 12/13/2013 12:34:17 PM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: BCW

An Upgrade to the Folland Gnat of the movie “Hot Shots”


14 posted on 12/13/2013 12:39:56 PM PST by BCW (Salva reipublicae)
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To: BCW

Modern Su-25 knockoff.


15 posted on 12/13/2013 12:45:31 PM PST by Mashood
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Why did they eliminate swept wings?


16 posted on 12/13/2013 12:50:43 PM PST by IronJack
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To: IronJack

Possibly because it is designed to be a subsonic aircraft and they wanted better low speed performance?


17 posted on 12/13/2013 1:01:17 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Mashood
Modern Su-25 knockoff


Not quite.

18 posted on 12/13/2013 1:11:56 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: wolfpat

No way to stop. The max gross weight is reported at around 21k, and that is full fuel, crew and 3k of sensors and weapons. Might not be a bad competitor with an AT-6.


19 posted on 12/13/2013 2:01:50 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Mich Patriot

Same here,, ever since I picked up Lonesome Crow as an import LP back in the day,,,


20 posted on 12/13/2013 2:05:11 PM PST by ßuddaßudd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: sukhoi-30mki
I think Textron still owns Cessna aircraft, a maker of small private planes and corporate jets. Looks like they're still trying to break back into the military market using existing components.

Years ago they tried to interest the USAF in a trainer powered by twin jet engines from their Citation bizjet line. They built a prototype but couldn't sell it to the AF.

I suspect this is another attempt, updated but based on that aircraft (which explains the quick 23-month development - they had a head start).

21 posted on 12/13/2013 3:09:38 PM PST by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: taxcontrol

That’s about dead on.


22 posted on 12/13/2013 3:19:34 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: wolfpat

i’d love to give it a shot


23 posted on 12/13/2013 3:37:43 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Sorry. The Scorpions are a ‘70s/’80s/’90s metal band from Germany...very popular. They had a popular ballad called “Wind of Change” about the end of the cold war and glasnost/paristroika.


24 posted on 12/13/2013 6:06:49 PM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: Mich Patriot
Sorry. The Scorpions are a ‘70s/’80s/’90s metal band from Germany...very popular. They had a popular ballad called “Wind of Change” about the end of the cold war and glasnost/paristroika.

Thank you.

25 posted on 12/13/2013 7:00:18 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: ZOOKER

Textron is still the parent company of both Cessna and Bell Helicopter.


26 posted on 12/13/2013 10:22:34 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ZOOKER

They did, however, have a good deal of success with the T-37 and A-37.


27 posted on 12/13/2013 10:24:46 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: ZOOKER

Yes, that would be the Cessna Model 526. It was Cessna’s entry for a joint US Navy and US Air Force request for proposals issued in the early 1990s.


28 posted on 12/13/2013 10:48:04 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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