Bill Sweetman of Aviation Week has taken a closer look at this interesting new player on the aerospace market:
“In person, the Scorpion is quite big. At 21,250 lb. max takeoff weight, it is about the size of the M-346 or a Citation Excel, it carries a 9,300 lb. useful load, and it stands well clear of the ground. As a jet, it offers much greater speed and altitude capability than a King Air or AT-6, Anderson points out.
Now that Textron owns both those aircraft, the Scorpion is not intended to compete with them. Or anything else, for that matter. The Scorpion costs more than its propeller-driven cousins but much less than a fighter: The goals were a $20 million acquisition cost and $3,000 per flight hour. Its niche is to do missions for which air forces today use fighters because that’s what they have, but where the fighter’s expensively acquired air-combat prowess and survivability are unused.”
A Blackhawk helicopter extracts Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) troops from the bulk carrier Double Providence after the successful completion of training as part of Exercise IRON MOON. IRON MOON enhanced the ADF’s maritime counter-terrorism capability (MCT) through rehearsing maritime interdiction and recovery operations off North West Australia.
The training was conducted together with the Australian Federal Police and supported by several state and federal government organisations to enhance inter-agency security response skills.
The New Zealand Defence Forces have released a video showcasing the first introduction of the new NH90 medium / multi-role helicopter.
Also visible in the video are some nice shots of the new New Zealand multi-terrain camo pattern uniform in use.
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First off, we have to give a hat tip to Wings Over Iraq for the tip-off about this. Secondly, prepare to meet a real-life UFO – maybe….
The successful launch and landing of the US Navy’s X-47B stealth drone on an aircraft carrier recently was a surprisingly, even suspiciously, well publicized and openly photographed event. And there’s clearly no effort being made to keep the plane’s existence secret – even if its capabilities are not being publicized.
Perhaps the surprising openness about the X-47B program is a deliberate move to distract attention away from a truly amazing secret – the successor to the RQ-170 “Sentinel”, once known as “The Beast of Kandahar”.
“The Beast of Kandahar” – an RQ-170 ‘Sentinel’ AUV.
U.S. Airmen with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron and U.S. Army with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) teamed up for personnel recovery training utilizing alternate infiltration and exfiltration training on Wynnehaven Beach, Fla., April 9, 2013. The 160th SOAR, also known as “Night Stalkers”, is a special operations force of the U.S. Army that provides helicopter aviation support for general purpose and special operations forces. The 23rd STS primary task is to integrate, synchronize, and control the elements of air and space power in their areas of operations.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway)