Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT)
and AirLand Enterprises, LLC, today announced that the Scorpion
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike aircraft
completed additional test flights in January and February. The most
recent test flight occurred on February 13.
Textron AirLand's Scorpion jet in test flight over Wichita, Kansas on February 13, 2014. (Photo: Business Wire)
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 mechanical 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.
Most of the test flights will be conducted at McConnell Air Force Base
in Wichita, and the team is planning numerous flights outside of the
Textron AirLand is pursuing sales opportunities with US military
branches as well as a number of US partner nations. The company is
seeking market license and export approvals for additional
opportunities, driven by early interest from specific US partner nations.
Textron AirLand is showcasing the Scorpion at major defense industry
exhibitions across the globe. In February, Scorpion was featured in a
static display at the Singapore
Airshow, recognized as Asia's largest air show, and at DefExpo
2014, India's largest annual defense conference. At the Air
Force Air Warfare Symposium on February 20th, the
Scorpion will be discussed as part of an "Adapting for the Future" forum
in which Textron CEO Scott Donnelly and other senior aviation executives
will serve as the forum's panelists; and in March, Scorpion will be
represented at FIDAE
2014, Chile's leading defense solutions exposition,
attracting military leaders from many Latin American countries.
Video highlights and photos of recent Scorpion test flights can be
viewed here in the Media Gallery of ScopionJet.com.
Scorpion is also featured in a recent episode of Discovery
Channel's "Daily Planet" program.
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About Textron AirLand, LLC
Textron AirLand, LLC is a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand
Enterprises, LLC with the purpose of designing and manufacturing an
affordable, capable jet platform based on commercially available
technologies and processes for the tactical military jet aviation
market. More information about our initial aircraft is available at www.ScorpionJet.com.
Textron is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of
aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide
customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known
around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna
Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee and
Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
About AirLand Enterprises, LLC
AirLand Enterprises, LLC was formed by a group of experienced aerospace
and defense executives dedicated to bringing an effective, low-cost,
ISR/Strike jet to domestic and international military markets, replacing
aging aircraft and complimenting high-end multi-role fighters.
Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking
statements which may project revenues or describe strategies, goals,
outlook or other non-historical matters; these statements speak only as
of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to
update or revise any forward-looking statements. These statements are
subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors
that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those
expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, but
not limited to, the efficacy of research and development investments to
develop new products or unanticipated expenses in connection with the
launching of significant new products or programs; the timing of our new
product launches or certifications of our new aircraft products; our
ability to keep pace with our competitors in the introduction of new
products and upgrades with features and technologies desired by our
customers; changing priorities or reductions in the U.S. Government
defense budget, including those related to military operations in
foreign countries; changes in foreign military funding priorities or
budget constraints and determinations, or changes in government
regulations or policies on the export and import of military and
commercial products; and volatility in the global economy or
changes in worldwide political conditions that adversely impact demand
for our products; performance issues with key suppliers or
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