Fighter Jet Built Using Off-the-Shelves Components

The Scorpion


Tue, Jul 15th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Although the official star of the Farnborough Airshow never made it there due to a catastrophic engine fire, the Scorpion by Textron AirLand Enterprises has been getting plenty of attention. While not as stealthy as the F-35, the plane uses advanced composite materials and off-the-shelves components, significantly reducing its purchasing cost. The plane's operating costs are a meagre $3,000/hour, versus an F-16's $18,000/hour, making it an ideal candidate for border control, reconnaissance and maintaining no-fly zones.

The Scorpion costs about $20m (£12m) a throw, is built from off-the-shelf components, and went from drawing board to first flight in 23 months.

The F-35, costing three times as much and conceived in the early 1990s, is still in the US while engineers figure out what caused a fire that has grounded the entire fleet.

OK, making comparisons is unfair; the Scorpion and F-35 are lightyears apart in specification and functionality. But it is still slightly ironic.



You may also be interested in:

"War is not something that's impossible anymore."
Canadian Camouflage Company Develops Invisible Cloak
You laik ma monkey?
The Battle Over "Keep Calm and Carry On" Is Getting Vicious
Atomic Rainbow Over Honolulu: Exploding H-Bombs In Space