WICHITA, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Textron AirLand, LLC, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, will bring its Scorpion™ ISR/Strike tactical jet to Washington, DC on September 15 and 16 at the Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference. The aircraft will be displayed at Signature Flight Support Terminal, at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), a short distance from the conference center. This will be Scorpion’s second fly-in to the Nation’s Capital, and caps off a four-month, multi-national tour that included rigorous demonstrations for air forces in South America and Europe.
The interactive exhibit will highlight the multi-mission flexibility of the Scorpion and feature a variety of multi-spectral sensor and high-definition video camera packages engineered for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Several wing-mounted mock munitions will be shown, representing a typical array of air-to-surface and air-to-air weapons preferred by the US and partner nations. 16 companies are expected to participate, showcasing more than 35 products capable of supporting Scorpion’s diverse mission set.
- BAE Systems
- FLIR Systems
- General Dynamics
- L-3 Wescam
- Lockheed Martin
- Northrup Grumman
- Textron Systems Geospatial Solutions
- Thales Defense
- TRU Simulation + Training
- UTC Aerospace Systems
“We’re excited to bring Scorpion back to DC, and especially pleased that so many of the leading weapons and ISR technology companies will be with us, highlighting the modular, multi-mission flexibility of our platform,” said Textron AirLand president Bill Anderson. “Open House hours and special events at the Signature Terminal give us a unique opportunity to converse with air forces from many nations—some seeing the aircraft for the first time and others who have been tracking our progress since first flight.”
Scorpion and the supplier exhibits are viewable by invitation only. Requests for media tours and interviews should be directed to David Sylvestre at firstname.lastname@example.org or (401) 640-6719.
In addition to the aircraft exhibit, a Scorpion scale model will be displayed at the Textron AirLand booth #715 during all hours of the Technology Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on the Potomac, in National Harbor, MD.
Milestones of the Recently Completed Scorpion Summer Tour:
- Self deployed to 8 Countries – Canada, UK, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Greenland, Iceland
- 45 total sorties flown – 100% mission availability
- 26 ferry
- 11 customer demos
- 6 tactical missions flown
- 2 photo missions
- 12,384 nm flown (not including “local” sorties)
- 81.3 flight hours (block time)
- 7 weeks on tour
- No unscheduled maintenance required
- Video highlights from United Kingdom demonstrations flights
Scorpion Test Program Status Update
The Scorpion testing program has flown more than 483 hours since first flight in December 2013, with an availability rating of 98 percent. From the outset of the program, Scorpion has achieved an aggressive target of operating below $3,000 per flight hour. That target has been met consistently, with average costs coming in closer to $2,000 per hour for the majority of Scorpion’s test flights.
The aircraft on exhibit at AFA will be the original prototype introduced in 2013. Textron AirLand is currently completing the engineering for the production configuration aircraft and has begun production on some components. As the team continues to execute rapid development and best commercial practices, this aircraft is expected to achieve first flight in 2016.
For a closer look at the Scorpion and its multi-mission capabilities, please visit www.ScorpionJet.com. Downloadable images and videos of recent test flights are available in the Scorpion Media Gallery.
About Textron AirLand, LLC
Textron AirLand has developed a highly affordable and exportable twin-engine ISR/Strike/Trainer jet for the tactical military aviation market. A versatile jet platform based on commercial best practices and proven high technologies, Scorpion is designed as a multi-mission aircraft for diverse battlefield, security and training missions. More information about our initial aircraft is available at www.ScorpionJet.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. 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. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.
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