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Briefing November 2013 Issue

Briefing: November 2013

Textron Unveils New Military Jet Project

Textron, the parent company of Cessna and Bell Helicopters, said in September it has developed a new military twin-jet tactical aircraft in a joint venture with AirLand Enterprises. The Scorpion jet is designed to be “a versatile Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike aircraft platform,” Textron said. The project launched in January 2012 with the goal to produce “the world’s most affordable tactical jet aircraft capable of performing lower-threat battlefield and homeland security missions.” Industry analysts were quick to question the need for such an aircraft and its lack of launch customers, but Textron says: “We believe Scorpion will fill a critical price and performance gap in the tactical military aircraft market.”

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