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.
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|
|Role||Military attack and reconnaissance aircraft|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Textron AirLand, LLC|
|Unit cost||US$20 million|
|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)|
|Maximum payload||3,000 lbs|
|Maximum takeoff weight||21,250 lb (9,639 kg)|
|Powerplant||2 × Honeywell TFE731 Turbofan, 4,000 lbf (18 kN) thrust each|
|Fuel||6,000 lb (2,722 kg)|
|Maximum speed||450 kn (518 mph; 833 km/h)|
|Ferry range||2,400 nmi (2,800 mi; 4,400 km)|
|Service ceiling||45,000 ft (14,000 m)|
|Rate of climb|
|Air to air loadout|
|Air to ground loadout||precision and non-precision munitions|
|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|
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.
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.