Apr 17, 2014

Scorpion Eyed For RIAT, Farnborough Debut

Textron is hoping to send its Scorpion prototype light attack, reconnaissance aircraft to an international coming-out at the U.K.’s Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough Air Show in July.
Industry sources say thus far the company has been able to work through the FAA’s requirements to do so.
Scorpion, a light attack/reconnaissance aircraft, was conceived by Textron in an attempt to fill a gap between armed turboprop trainers and jet-powered, high-performance fighters. Company officials are targeting a $3,000/hr. operating cost that would be appealing to smaller air forces.
Textron , began building the demonstrator in January 2012; it first flew in December 2013 for 1.4 hr. It has since racked up nearly 60 hr. of flying.
Though company officials are hoping the U.S. Air Force would buy some of the aircraft, its best chances are for sales internationally.

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