More on the Scorpion ISR/Light Attack Aircraft

I did an earlier post on this aircraft because it was offered also as a potential Coast Guard ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) asset for Coast Guards, but this post seemed to offer enough new insights to justify another post.

It still appears to be a economical, highly flexible, reconfigurable alternative to land based UAVs, that can quickly put sensors where we need them, with additional potential for air-policing and an armed response to maritime terrorist attacks.

I’ll also add this quote I added to the previous post as a comment, from

Given all the attention the attack component of the Scorpion has received in the press, it is often overlooked that the aircraft is built around a payload bay.
The modular payload bay is impressive with great volume, electrical and cooling capacity for a wide variety of payloads/sensors.
One example is the L-3 Wescam MX-25 – now capable of full retraction into the payload bay.
The MX-25 is L-3 Wescam’s largest electro-optical/infrared camera.
For comparison purposes, the US Navy P-8 Poseidon utilizes the slightly smaller L-3 Wescam MX-20.
Aside from great payload flexibility, the Scorpion is night vision capable and both the front and rear cockpits are prepared for use with the Thales Visionix Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System.

One thought on “More on the Scorpion ISR/Light Attack Aircraft

  1. This from Defense Industry Daily:

    “Textron Airland’s self-funded Scorpion light attack/Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) jet has been integrated with the US Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) AgilePod multi-sensor reconfigurable pod at only a few weeks’ notice. Work took place at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and it is the first time the USAF-trademarked pod was fit-tested on a commercially-built manned platform. Already integrated on Special Operations aircraft like the MQ-9 Reaper UAV, the pod takes advantage of the AFRL Sensors Directorate Blue Guardian Open Adaptable Architecture construct and Sensor Open System Architectures—which enables rapid integration of sensor technologies through standardized software and hardware interfaces that enable the pod to seamlessly integrate on platforms that use the standard architectures—thus increasing the number of missions the pod can augment, expanding the scope of ISR mission possibilities.”

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