13 December 2013
Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) and AirLand Enterprises, LLC, said that the Scorpion Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike aircraft has completed its first flight.
The aircraft took off from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas and conducted a range of handling maneuvers for approximately 1.4 hours of flight. The company said the flight marks one of the fastest developments of a US-built tactical jet, progressing from initial design to first flight in less than 24 months.
The Scorpion was announced in September 2013 as a demonstration aircraft designed to accommodate the budget constraints and shifting mission requirements of the US Department of Defense and US partner nations. The Scorpion has a cruising speed of up to 450 ktas (517 mph), with a ferry range of 2,400 nautical miles. The aircraft carries an internal payload of up to 3,000 lbs., as well as wing-mounted precision munitions.
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