Tex­tron AirLand’s Scor­pion com­pletes additional test flights


Tex­tron AirLand an­nounced that the Scor­pion in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance (ISR)/strike air­craft com­pleted additional test flights in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

The Scor­pion team is plan­ning to con­duct sev­eral hun­dred hours of additional flight tests in 2014, each flight tar­get­ing spe­cific ob­jec­tives push­ing the air­craft’s air­speed, al­ti­tude, and per­for­mance en­ve­lope. “Over­all, we’ve had very pos­i­tive re­sults through the ini­tial test flights. In these early flights, we have eval­u­ated the air­craft per­for­mance and tested a wide range of mechani- cal and elec­tronic sys­tems. The Scor­pion is a very ag­ile plat­form and I’m con­fi­dent in the air­frame as we con­tinue through the test and eval­u­a­tion phase,” com­mented Dan Hin­son, chief test pi­lot for the Scor­pion team and 23-year vet­eran Navy pi­lot.

Tex­tron AirLand is pur­su­ing sales op­por­tu­ni­ties with US mil­i­tary branches as well as a num­ber of US part­ner na­tions. The com­pany is seek­ing mar­ket li­cence and ex­port ap­provals for additional op­por­tu­ni­ties, driven by early in­ter­est from spe­cific US part­ner na­tions. SP

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