Air Force reaches deal through Wright-Patterson to test Scorpion jet


By Barrie Barber

Dayton Daily News, Ohio
Published: August 3, 2016

DAYTON, Ohio (Tribune News Service) — The Air Force has reached a one-of-a-kind deal with aerospace maker Textron AirLand to test the airworthiness of a jet the service branch has not committed to buy.

The company will reimburse the Air Force for the costs of the tests on the Scorpion, a light weight, low cost jet built for ground attack, maritime security, aerospace control alert and tactical jet training, according to a company fact sheet.

The Non-Military Department of Defense Military Aircraft office at Wright-Patterson and the manufacturer reached the terms though a cooperative research and development agreement.

Prior to the deal, the Air Force limited airworthiness tests to aircraft in its fleet or U.S. aircraft sold through a foreign military sales program, the service branch said.

 “This knowledge will better position the Air Force to meet its own research and development needs and to capitalize on innovations in the commercial sector that may otherwise go unnoticed,” the Air Force said in a statement. “Industry benefits by leveraging the Air Force’s valuable expertise to receive an independent and expert assessment of their aircraft
The airworthiness evaluation will help the company to reduce design risk and “result in an official assessment that may be useful to prospective foreign customers,” the statement said.

Original post @stripes.com


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