WICHITA, Kan., 17 Oct. 2013. The Textron AirLand Scorpion prototype aircraft employs multiple components—including the wing assembly, vertical and horizontal stabilizers, wing fuel access panels, main landing gear doors, and several closeout panels—from Kaman Composites - Wichita Inc., a subsidiary of Kaman Aerosystems.
The Scorpion, a versatile intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and strike aircraft platform, was developed by a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises LLC. “This new twin-jet aircraft is a cost-effective solution for lower-threat battlefield and homeland security missions. Our efforts highlight the capabilities of our Wichita composites facility to produce a range of components and assemblies,” says Kaman Aerosystems President James Larwood.
The Textron AirLand Scorpion program and prototype aircraft were unveiled at the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor, Md., on 16 September 2013. The first flight is anticipated to occur before the end of the year.