18 February 2014
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 completed additional test flights in January and February. The most recent test flight occurred on February 13.
The Scorpion team plans several hundred hours of additional flight tests in 2014, each flight targeting specific objectives pushing the aircraft´s airspeed, altitude, and performance envelope.
“Overall, we´ve had very positive results through the initial test flights. In these early flights, we have evaluated the aircraft performance and tested a wide range of mechanical and electronic systems. The Scorpion is a very agile platform and I´m confident in the airframe as we continue through the test and evaluation phase,” said Dan Hinson, chief test pilot for the Scorpion team and 23-year veteran Navy pilot.
Most of the test flights will be conducted at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, and the team is planning numerous flights outside of the area.
Textron AirLand, LLC designs and builds affordable, capable jet platform based on commercially available technologies and processes for the tactical military jet aviation market. Its website is at www.ScorpionJet.com.
Textron is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Its website is at www.textron.com.
AirLand Enterprises was formed by a group of experienced aerospace and defense executives dedicated to bringing an effective, low-cost, ISR/Strike jet to domestic and international military markets, replacing aging aircraft and complimenting high-end multi-role fighters.