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RIAT: Scorpion proves maritime surveillance fit during UK trials

Source: Flightglobal

Textron AirLand has released details about recent demonstration flights performed in support of the UK Royal Navy using its Scorpion light strike and surveillance platform.

During a series of around eight flights, the Scorpion was tasked with inspecting maritime surface contacts by observers aboard a Westland Sea King 7 airborne surveillance and control helicopter from 849 NAS, based at Culdrose in Cornwall.

“Royal Navy crews were able to use the Scorpion for valuable controller experience, while Textron was able to put the recently integrated Thales I-Master radar through its paces in a maritime environment,” the US company says. The aircraft’s L-3 Wescam MX-15 electro-optical/infrared sensor was also employed during the activity.

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