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Scorpion Jet Makes International Debut
Flying Mag ^ | Jul 03, 2014 | Pia Bergqvist

Posted on 07/04/2014 10:12:41 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Textron AirLand's new military jet prototype, the twin-engine Scorpion, is breezing through the development phase and is now ready to make its international debut. With more than 105 hours of flight-testing on its prototype, the Wichita, Kansas-based company plans to send the Scorpion on its way on a multi-day, 4,700-nm flight from Wichita to RAF Fairford-Gloucestershire today. The prototype will be shown off to potential customers attending the Farnborough International Airshow and The Royal International Air Tattoo, both set to take place in the United Kingdom in the middle of this month.

Textron AirLand president Bill Anderson said the airplane is flying "extremely well," has exhibited great reliability and has exceeded the targeted 450-knot top speed, showing speeds as fast as 455 knots TAS. He is confident that the light jet can make it across the Atlantic; however, to minimize the exposure to overwater legs, the Scorpion's flight path will proceed over Greenland and Iceland.

The Scorpion is designed with a variety of missions in mind, such as maritime patrol; close air support; border security; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)/strike missions and bombing missions, with attach points for air-to-air missiles, guns and bombs. The basic design provides protection from small arms fire, but Anderson said there is plenty of space in the cockpit for additional armor, should a customer feel the need.

Textron AirLand was confident enough in its idea that it launched the program without a customer. With a price tag of $20 million and an operating cost below $3,000 per hour (numbers that may seem high to piston pilots but are a fraction of the cost of an F-16 or F-18), as well as good performance numbers and versatility, Anderson said the program has seen a lot of interest both domestically and internationally. While no contracts have been signed, there are several customers that have gone past initial discussions. "We have changed from talking about if we get an order to when we get an order," Anderson said.

Details of the location of a potential production facility will be nailed down once a contract is in hand, Anderson said. But with the incorporation of Beechcraft and its facilities into the Textron family, there should be plenty of real estate to work with.

Read more at http://www.flyingmag.com/aircraft/jets/scorpion-jet-makes-international-debut#DzFrfKfOX5ykvw6A.99


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

Scorpion's six weapons stations are designed to carry a range of precision munitions such as Hellfire, JDAM and air-to-air missiles. (Photo: Business Wire)

1 posted on 07/04/2014 10:12:41 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki
Possible replacement for the A-10?

Or are we going to see local police departments getting these to target crack houses. :)

2 posted on 07/04/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: sukhoi-30mki

what niche is this jet targeting? can’t be anything related’to actual warfare dogfighting, only being able’to fly 523mph, max.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 10:18:37 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Is the photo a trainer variant of is this a two-seater aircraft? Thanks for posting this.


4 posted on 07/04/2014 10:18:56 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Secret Agent Man

never mind, saw the relevant paragraph.


5 posted on 07/04/2014 10:19:18 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Can it take the place of the A-10?

Don’t think so.


6 posted on 07/04/2014 10:19:53 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

That is one maneuverable looking bad boy.


7 posted on 07/04/2014 10:20:04 AM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Isn’t “Scorpion” a racist name?


8 posted on 07/04/2014 10:25:56 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: sukhoi-30mki
The cockpit looks very roomy, but the article does say "... Anderson said there is plenty of space in the cockpit for additional armor, should a customer feel the need.
9 posted on 07/04/2014 10:32:07 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: Secret Agent Man

this would make one heck of a personal aircraft (de-milled or not)


10 posted on 07/04/2014 10:36:45 AM PDT by telstar12.5 (...always bring gunships to a gun fight...)
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To: Veggie Todd
Isn’t “Scorpion” a racist name?

Only if it's a BLACK Scorpion

11 posted on 07/04/2014 10:51:00 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Secret Agent Man

The target is patrol and light attack support. Ironically it was designed for border security in the lesser stable parts of the world. But mostly to be an affordable light attack jet where the expense and firepower of current fighters, with $200,000,000 price tags, is not required.

Do me a favor. Order a couple of these. It would be a very good year for me. My shop is a contract vendor for Textron.


12 posted on 07/04/2014 11:01:29 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Mastador1

How about a RED Scorpion? Would that be racist, too?


13 posted on 07/04/2014 11:06:56 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Absolutely, in this case the only color that would not racist is White, hows that for a change?


14 posted on 07/04/2014 11:19:54 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Mastador1
If I owned one of those I'd have to put this logo on it.


15 posted on 07/04/2014 11:22:04 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
YOU a Bad Boy! But I like it a lot, the only problem is what the tolerant left would do to anything that was placed on. Only statements of pride in any color but White are tolerated by liberal America, nay the world.
16 posted on 07/04/2014 11:25:12 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Looks like the perfect plane for tin pot dictators in third world nations.


17 posted on 07/04/2014 11:26:36 AM PDT by WildWeasel
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Looks like the perfect platform to fight the last war and coin operations where the adversary is armed with rocks.

At least it has canted vertical stabilizers. That looks really modern and anti-radar like stuff, things, sort of.

It should make a magnificent platform to suppress any tea party.

At least they did it with their own money, I guess.


18 posted on 07/04/2014 12:07:07 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Gotta be Scorpion II. There has already been a Scorpion, the F-89.
Interceptor circa mid 50s.


19 posted on 07/04/2014 12:09:14 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Secret Agent Man

Like the A-10 right? It’s an attack aircraft, built for range, loiter time and engaging tactical targets.

It would be fantastic for any situation where top tier air defenses are not present or are avoidable.


20 posted on 07/04/2014 12:13:28 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: smokingfrog

Appears pretty dirty radar wise, but maybe I am wrong.


21 posted on 07/04/2014 12:53:59 PM PDT by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Apart from the A-10, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a jet without swept wings. Not meant for high-subsonic speeds, I take it?


22 posted on 07/04/2014 8:07:06 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The appearance of Cessna aircraft has changed somewhat from what I was accustomed to.


23 posted on 07/04/2014 8:31:52 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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