Textron AirLand Scorpion Specification & Technical Data

Developed by Textron Inc. (a multi-industry company leveraging its worldwide network of defense, aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to help customers get innovative yet futuristic solutions) has developed this highly affordable and exportable twin-engine ISR/Strike/Trainer jet for the strategic military aviation market.

This jet is designed as a multi-mission aircraft for diverse battlefield, training missions and security. It is a versatile jet platform that is based on commercial best practices and proven technologies.

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It is fast with the prowess to take on an escalating situation quickly and can maneuver at lower speeds as per the demand of the mission. Easily and quickly re-configurable, its interior payload bay is designed for advanced ISA systems. What’s more? Well, it can be weaponized with the help of a variety of weapon sets entailing PGMs (Precision Guided Munitions) for precision strike.

When taken on to the mission, it brings the ability to see as well as exploit perishable intelligence & strike fleeting targets. It brings strategic advantage to even the most demanding and tough situations.

Textron AirLand Scorpion
RoleMilitary attack and reconnaissance aircraft
National originUnited States
Primary users
ManufacturerTextron AirLand, LLC
First flight12/12/2012
Introduction
StatusUnder development
Variants
Number built1
Program cost
Unit costUS$20 million
Length43 ft 6 in (13.26 m)
Wingspan47 ft 4 in (14.43 m)
Height14 ft (4.3 m)
Wing area
Empty weight11,800 lb (5,352 kg)
Maximum payload3,000 lbs
Maximum takeoff weight21,250 lb (9,639 kg)
Powerplant2 × Honeywell TFE731 Turbofan, 4,000 lbf (18 kN) thrust each
Fuel6,000 lb (2,722 kg)
Maximum speed450 kn (518 mph; 833 km/h)
Ferry range2,400 nmi (2,800 mi; 4,400 km)
Combat radius
Service ceiling45,000 ft (14,000 m)
Rate of climb
Thrust/weight
Guns
Air to air loadout
Air to ground loadoutprecision and non-precision munitions
Hardpoints6 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

As compared to its competitors F-16, F-18, or F-22 planes, which can cost between 60 million dollar and 100 million dollar each, the scorpion jet fighter can cost an estimated 20 million dollar only. Why such slashes in cost? It is because, the jet was designed with no constraints of military-contract specifications plus it was able to slot into it cheaper commercial aviation technology. Because of its affordability and low-cost price tag the aircraft is going to be the big deal for many nations that aren’t as affluent as the U.S.

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This fighter jet features a composite air-frame powered by twin turbofan engines with the help of a tandem cockpit, internal payload, retractable sensor mounts, and external stores carriage used for precision and non precision munitions. It is the modular architecture that powers it for agile future integration of weapons and multiple sensors, hence cutting down the expenses on future up-gradation.

Textron AirLand Scorpion Fighter Jet is the first affordable, U.S.-built, tactical aircraft that the world has seen in decades. It will benefit U.S. and its allies calling for a modern, economical aircraft to take on diverse threats. It enables allied nations to fly their own security missions and if needed to operate during alliance operations.

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  • Joseph Tan

    Dear Sir,

    Costing US $ 20 millions or so for a trainer-like plane without those extras “bells and whistles” may be worthwhile or inexpensive in respect of American built planes. But it is not so in the cut-throat international market, when this kind of price may get you some kind of full -fledged F- 16-like or more superior planes that is MADE IN ELSEWHERE (i.e. not in United States). Think about Pakistani – Chinese JF-17 or Indian-made HAL- Teja’s etc.

    Perhaps Cessna may produced them for US- backed Third World allies just like US sold them F- 5 during in the 1970’s.

    Cheers.

    Rgds,

    Joseph Tan

  • ‘Murica

    This thing is way overpriced for what it is. Chinese J-10B cost the same but has AESA and infrared for counter stealth, capabilities that not even $80 million F/A-18s have. Why should anyone buy this thing that’s far inferior in every spec, a generation behind, for the same money? Looking at the specs again, it’s inferior to Chinese trainers that cost half as much.

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