Jul 11, 2014

Eyeing First Customer, Scorpion Comes to UK

Roughly 10 months ago, Textron unveiled its Scorpion to US audiences. Now, it is showing it off to the international market.
The jet will be displayed at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and the Farnborough International Airshow.
While it won’t fly during the shows, company officials plan to put the plane on static display — and hope to generate interest from international customers.
The Scorpion test model has flown about 80 hours over the past six months, but Farnborough represents the first public appearance of the plane.
The Scorpion is equipped with twin turbofan engines and a tandem cockpit, although the jet is designed to be flown by a single pilot. There are six hard points that could hold a variety of equipment, as well as a large internal compartment.
That space gives the Scorpion great flexibility, particularly with intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) packages, which are desired by countries in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The projected price point will be under $20 million a copy.

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