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.
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