Textron and AirLand have tested the production version of the new Scorpion fighter. The lightweight two-seater is a reconnaissance aircraft and can be used to train pilots.
Work on the Scorpion began in 2011, and the goal of this project by Textron and AirLand was to create the cheapest tactical fighter in the market. A few days ago, the McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita conducted the first test of the production version of the machine. Don Parker and Dave Sitz pilots flamed it for almost two hours, checking avionics and other systems.
Scorpion’s main goal was to maximize the cost of aircraft production. That is why the new fighter was not designed again, but the existing Cessna business projects and parts of its magazines were used. Airplanes were also created not according to government guidelines, but based on marketing research.
In this way a machine designed for observation and reconnaissance, which can also be used as combat and training aircraft. Ideally suited to small missions such as light ground fire, airspace control, border surveillance, drug trafficking, rescue missions,
The Scorpion is a two-seater, its wingspan is 14.4 m, and six hooks lift up to a maximum of 2800 kg. Interestingly, the wings have a modular design, so they can be replaced with another version.
In order to maintain low weight and lower costs, the structure of the aircraft used mainly composites, leaving only a few metal components. It is equipped with two Honeywell TFE731 engines with a thrust of 3.6 tonnes, which allows it to accelerate to 833 km / h and enable the climb to a maximum of 13.7 km.
The cabin is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments, along with two high resolution screens showing flight parameters and two touch screens for control. There is also an advanced navigation system that is supported by a second remote.