Textron AirLand Scorpion

The Textron AirLand Scorpion is a proposed American light attack and Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) jet aircraft. The aircraft is being developed by Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron and AirLand Enterprises, LLC.

Airland Enterprises LLC, Textron's partner in the project, is described by Textron spokesman David Sylvestre as "a group of outside investors who originally came to Textron with the concept of a lower cost tactical jet."

A prototype was secretly constructed by Cessna at their Wichita, Kansas facility between April 2012 and September 2013 and first flown on 12 December 2013.

Textron AirLand Scorpion
Class Aircraft
Type Attack
Manufacturer Textron AirLand
Origin United States of America
Country Name Origin Year
United States of America 2013
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Design:

The Scorpion is designed to be affordable, costing US$3,000 per flight hour, with a unit cost expected to be below US$20 million. Although it is a two-seat aircraft, it can be flown by a single pilot. Textron AirLand selected Cobham plc to design the cockpit, which will feature modern flat-panel displays. The aircraft will not have fly-by-wire to keep costs down and simplify the design. The demonstrator, as well as production versions, are powered by two Honeywell TFE731 turbofans producing 8,000 lb (3,600 kg) of thrust. Endurance is optimized for 5 hours. Except for the landing gear and engine fittings and mounts, the airframe is all-composite with an anticipated service life of 20,000 hours. The Scorpion is to have a 3,000 lb (1,400 kg) payload of precision and non-precision munitions or intelligence-collecting equipment in a simplified and reconfigurable internal bay. The 14.4 m (47 ft) wings are largely unswept and have six hardpoints. The aircraft's modular design allows for the wings to be removed and replaced by different design wings. The internal payload bay has a payload capacity of 3,000 lb (1,400 kg). The external hardpoints have a payload capacity of 6,200 lb (2,800 kg).

Role Military attack and reconnaissance aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Textron AirLand, LLC
First flight 12th Dec, 2013
Status Under development
Number built 1
Unit cost less than US$20 million (forecast, December 2013)

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 43 ft 6 in (13.26 m)
  • Wingspan: 47 ft 4 in (14.43 m)
  • Height: 14 ft (4.3 m)
  • Empty weight: 11,800 lb (5,352 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 21,250 lb (9,639 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 6,000 lb (2,722 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Honeywell TFE731 Turbofan, 4,000 lbf (18 kN) thrust each
Performance
  • Maximum speed: 450 kn (518 mph; 833 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 95 kn (109 mph; 176 km/h) (max)
  • Ferry range: 2,400 nmi (2,800 mi; 4,400 km)
  • Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (14,000 m)
Armament
  • Hardpoints: 6 with a capacity of 6,200 lb (2,800 kg),and an internal bay with a 3,000 lb (1,400 kg) of armaments and other stores,
  • Bombs: precision and non-precision munitions

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