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Textron AirLand conducted the first air-to-surface weapons trials of its Scorpion jet during a series of live-firings at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in mid-October.
The firings, which took place from 10 to 14 October and announced on 19 October, saw the Scorpion fire the Lockheed Martin AGM-114F Hellfire II air-to-surface missile, the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), and unguided Hydra 70 mm rockets. A ground-based laser designator was used in the first instance, with the aircraft self-designating in later tests using its L-3 Wescam MX-15Di electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turret.