the scorpion


The Scorpion

No other jet has the surveillance and strike capability of Scorpion. And at less than $20 million to acquire, and $3,000 per flight hour, no other jet matches Scorpion’s affordability.

Scorpion is jet fast – with the ability to get to an escalating situation quickly – yet can maneuver at much lower speeds, if the mission requires it. Quickly reconfigurable, Scorpion’s interior payload bay is provisioned for sophisticated ISR systems. Plus, Scorpion is capable of being weaponized using a variety of weapon sets, including precision guided munitions (PGMs) for precision strike.

While on mission, Scorpion brings the ability to see and exploit perishable intelligence and strike fleeting targets, bringing tactical advantage to even the most demanding situations.

Dimensions

Scorpion has a composite airframe powered by twin turbofan engines with a tandem cockpit, retractable sensor mounts, internal payload bay, and external stores carriage for precision and non-precision munitions.

Its modular architecture allows unencumbered future integration of multiple sensors and weapons, minimizing non-recurring expenses.

Aircraft Length 44 ft 3 in
Wingspan 47 ft 10 in
Height 14 ft 2 in
Standard Empty Weight 11,800 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight 21,250 lbs
Max Internal Fuel Load 6,000 lbs
Max Internal Payload Bay 3,000 lbs
Thrust ~8,000 lbs
Max Speed 450 KTAS
Service Ceiling 45,000 ft
Ferry Range 2,400 NM

Composite Airframe

Composite Airframe and Structure
Reduced Fatigue and Corrosion Issues
20,000 Hour Service Life

Modular Architecture

Scorpion’s Modular Mission System is built on open standards to maximize operational flexibility over the life of the aircraft and drastically reduce the costs associated with integrating new subsystems and updates.

  • Allows for additional sensors and weapons with minimal integration costs
  • Provides flexibility and scalability to expand capability by adding additional applications and graphics processing hardware
  • Based on certified avionics components

Tandem Cockpit

Scorpion’s two cockpits use modern, multi-function color displays to present flight, aircraft performance, navigation, and weapons information.

  • Built-in Flight Management System
  • Class-B Terrain Awareness and Warning System (TAWS)
  • Engine Indicating/Crew Alerting System (CAS)/Master Caution
  • Dual Air Data Attitude Heading Reference Systems
  • Dual Global Positioning System/Satellite-Based Augmentation System (GPS/SBAS)
  • Display of External Video (Mission Processor, EO/IR, etc.) – Sensor Agnostic
  • Integrated Moving Maps Including Highway in the Sky Functionality
  • Weather Radar Controls
  • Night Vision Compatible
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Digital In Flight Sensor Playback for Forensic Analysis

Engines

Scorpion is powered by two turbofan engines that together produce approximately 8,000 pounds of thrust. The engines are directed by a Digital Electronic Engine Control and supply conditioned bleed air to the pneumatic system. Accessories mounted on the engine gearbox power electrical and hydraulic systems.

The engines can operate on Jet-A, JP-5, and JP-8 jet fuels.

Payload Bay

Scorpion’s internal payload bay provides critical operational flexibility to quickly incorporate new payloads, scaling tactical systems performance to meet operational capability needs.

With its modular partitioning, loading, alignment and retention system, the payload bay can accommodate a variety of sensors, fuel, and communications modules in the most appropriate capability mix to meet a diverse range of mission performance profiles.

External Stores

Scorpion’s six external hard points can carry up to a total of 6200 pounds of ordnance in a variety of configurations to meet mission needs.

The inboard stations (3 & 4) are also plumbed for additional external fuel tanks to extend operational reach.

Mil Std 1760 connections and NATO standard 14 inch lug ejector racks can interface with a wide range of international weapons.

Close Air Support (CAS)

When friendly troops are in close contact with the enemy, Scorpion has the power to quickly sprint at 450 KTAS to the scene, find, target, and employ appropriately scaled kinetic effects. Using multi-spectral sensors, on board processing, and the ability to self-designate targets through the weather for precision engagement, Scorpion’s diverse ISR and Strike capabilities ensure mission success.

100 NM | 3 HRS TOS | 100 NM RTB

Maritime Security Missions

Scorpion is a force multiplier for maritime patrol with on-station times exceeding five hours and area coverage enabled by jet speeds. Equipped with an array of sensor and communication packages, Scorpion allows coordination among multiple types of communication devices used by law enforcement. This capability enables nations to record and affordably patrol territorial waters like never before.

150 NM | 5 HRS TOS | 150 NM RTB

Aerospace Control Alert Missions

After the contact of an unidentified low and slow aircraft, Scorpion can quickly scramble, launch, and reach 400+ knots for the intercept. Scorpion can identify aircraft at range through on-board and off-board systems. With maneuvering speeds as low as 100 knots, Scorpion can effectively escort the aircraft while maintaining a relative position where scaled “non-lethal to lethal” effects can be employed.

400 KT DASH | 100 KT BOGEY | INTERCEPT | ESCORT | RTB

Tactical Jet Training

Complex, multi-faceted training of future tactical aircrews demands an aircraft that effectively transitions Intermediate pilots through Advanced Jet Training and also affordably “downloads” 4th and 5th generation training tasks. With dual cockpits and a modular adaptable mission system, Scorpion is the ideal platform to train tomorrow’s tactical aviators in multiple platform and operational employment disciplines from the basics of jet operations to employing multi-spectral sensors and precision guided weapons.

50 NM | FLEXIBLE TRAINING PROFILE | 50 NM RTB

Irregular Warfare Support Missions

Scorpion has the unique capability to provide manned, persistent surveillance, tactical command and control and place scaled effects on targets, all in the one mission. Whether planned or emergent targets, Scorpion uses its electro-optical/infrared sensor to receive, refine and process off-board information to coordinate command and control agencies with local ground forces, then deliver a wide range of guided weapons on target, while remaining on-station.

150 NM | 5 HRS TOS | 150 NM RTB

Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Response

Following a natural disaster or catastrophic event, the re-establishment of communication systems can often take days and weeks. Enter Scorpion with its ability to function as a critical communication node to support first responders, while also providing on-scene persistent and wide-area surveillance. With it’s ability to self-deploy and on-station time exceeding five hours, the manned Scorpion re-establishes communications and brings support to first responders within hours of an event.

150 NM | 5+ HRS TOS | 150 NM RTB

Border Security Missions

Scorpion provides an ideal platform for National Defense and Homeland Security forces to conduct border security operations. This manned aircraft can perform wide-area surveillance and provide real-time video of select points of interest to law enforcement authorities, delivering unprecedented capability and operational flexibility across the national airspace. Its multiple payload options for sensors and scalable payloads, combined with on-station times exceeding five hours, make it perfect for National Guard units or customs and border protection operations.

150 NM | 5 HRS TOS | 150 NM RTB

Counter Narcotics Missions

Scorpion is positioned to meet mission requirements for counter narcotics and counter trafficking missions with the ability to launch from 100 to 200 miles out, remain on station up to five hours, and provide full-motion video records that meet the legal standards of international courts. Simultaneously, Scorpion can receive linked information and provide line-of-sight communications to deliver accurate geographic location information to law enforcement or defense agencies that are on-scene to counter transnational threats.

150 NM | 5 HRS TOS | 150 NM RTB

Scorpion Mission Capability

With the ability to perform countless diverse missions, Scorpion offers one-of-a-kind ISR/Strike capabilities at an unmatched value. Scorpion is also future-proofed, uniquely capable of integrating sensors and mission packages as threats and missions evolve.

Scorpion is also ideal for performing the following missions:

  • Irregular Warfare Support (IRW)
  • Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Response (HADR)
  • Border Security
  • Counter Narcotics (CN)
  • Counter Insurgency (COIN)
  • Forward Air Control – Airborne (FAC-A)
  • Strike Coordination Armed Reconnaissance (SCAR)
  • Airborne on Scene Commander (ASC)

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