Saudi Arabia is interested in the Scorpion Light Attack Aircraft

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    Saudi Arabia considering Scorpion deal: Textron chief

    20 JULY, 2017 | SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM | BY: DOMINIC PERRY | LONDON

    Saudi Arabia is considering acquiring the Textron AirLand Scorpion light attack aircraft, with initial discussions under way.

    Scott Donnelly, chief executive of parent company Textron, says Riyadh is one of a number of customers it is in talks with over the developmental aircraft.

    The recent arms deal between the USA and Saudi Arabia includes $2 billion for “light close air support” aircraft. However, no details on the type or delivery dates have been disclosed.

    Cautioning that its talks with Riyadh are at an "early" stage, Donnelly, speaking on a second-quarter results call, added: "There are certainly a number of things that we are looking at, but we think that now the performance envelope, the capability of what Scorpion can do makes it a very viable product for their requirements. But it’s still in its formative stages, I would say."

    Scorpion, along with the Beechcraft AT-6 and Embraer/Sierra Nevada A-29, will participate in a test campaign for the US Air Force in August as the service evaluates the potential purchase of a light attack aircraft under its OA-X initiative.

    Read more: http://alert5.com/2017/07/27/saudi-arabia-taking-a-look-at-scorpion/
     
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