The American company Textron start ground tests promising assault aircraft Scorpion, reports Flightglobal. Plane makes while jogging on the runway at the airport in Wichita businesses in Kansas and taxiing. After this step, test, Scorpion December 5, 2013 will perform the first flight. As expected, the attack will rise into the air from an air base «McConnell» U.S. Air Force in Kansas.
Development Scorpion gunship conducted from April 2012 by Textron with AirLand Enterprises. The project also participates Cessna, assembles aircraft. Businesses want to offer a new attack in the U.S. Air Force as a deshevenky candidates available now assault aircraft A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter-bombers and F-15E Strike Eagle. In addition, Scorpion and is scheduled to ship for export.
Length of the new two-seater attack aircraft is 13.3 meters and a wingspan — 14.4 meters. Most take-off weight of 9.6 tons. According to the design calculations, attack will be able to reach a speed of 833 kilometers per hour and make flying a distance of 4.4 thousand kilometers. Scorpion will develop a six suspension points for missiles and bombs total weight up to 2.8 tons.