Textron AirLand’s Scorpion light attack,
intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance aircraft has completed 50 flight
hours since flight testing began in December 2013, states a release
from the firm. Recent tests garnered a raft of data on the airframe’s
performance at various speeds, altitudes, and climb rates, as well as the
responsiveness of the jet’s avionics and flight controls. The jet topped out at
.72 Mach, and pilots report the aircraft is agile and features plenty of power
and good low speed characteristics. “The
aircraft systems have performed well within the expected parameters, with very
few issues,” said Scorpion’s chief engineer Dale Tutt. “This is a
significant benefit of using mature, non-developmental systems.” The
flight control systems are powered by dual hydraulic systems based on the
Citation X business jet, and also have performed well to-date, states the
release. The Scorpion testing program is on track to complete 300-400 test hours
this year, or about 150 flights. The program also is expected to include
international test flights, pending approvals. (See also Scorpion’s
Congress should adopt recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission dealing with enhancing the current military retirement system, AFA and four partner organizations told the leadership of the House and Senate defense policy committees this week.
The Air Force expects the intelligence community will finally have access this summer to critical imagery and data from the staring sensor resident on each Space Based Infrared System satellite, said service Secretary Deborah Lee James on Thursday.
Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has assigned Maj. Gen. Jerry Harris to be Air Combat Command’s vice commander, replacing Maj. Gen. James Post, who was relieved of the position earlier this month.
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