SCORPION SETS SIGHTS ON THE MIDDLE EAST

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An F-22 on the KC-10’s boom, receiving fuel during the first Afghanistan missions for the Raptor on November 19. USAF/TSgt Gregory Brook
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An unpainted N532TX engaged in trials at NAS Patuxent River last summer. Textron AirLand/ Erik Hildebrandt

COMING DIRECTLY FROM a demonstration visit to the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) at King Faisal Air Base, Tabuk, Textron AirLand’s third prototype Scorpion (N532TX) was a significant attendee at November’s Dubai Airshow. Saudi Arabia is reportedly studying possible co-production under license to meet regional demand, although the light attack and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft is still to secure a launch customer.

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