Textron AirLand, LLC, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, has announced the successful maiden flight of the first production conforming Scorpion jet, the company said.
The Scorpion jet, a new direction for tactical aircraft, is designed to excel in roles ranging from intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to close air support and armed reconnaissance.
The aircraft took off from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita and conducted a range of maneuvers during the one hour and 42 minute flight. The multi-mission, twin-engine jet performed extremely well and was piloted by experimental test pilots Don Parker and Dave Sitz, who verified the avionics and aerodynamic performance as well as a number of aircraft systems.
The latest version of the Scorpion incorporates a number of improvements based on target customer feedback as well as results from the extensive flight test program. The program has accumulated more than 800 flight hours in both test and real-world operational settings.
The first production conforming Scorpion will start a robust flight test program, working closely with the United States Air Force on the first of its kind airworthiness assessment of a Non-DoD military aircraft design.
In over two years of flight operations, the Scorpion jet has deployed to 10 countries, participated in military training exercises and operations, and flown numerous US and international military pilots.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that provides solutions and services through its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial, and finance businesses. Its brands include Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, among others.