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Textron bows out of T-X-interested in OA-X

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posted on Mar, 16 2017 @ 09:47 PM
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Textron has decided to forgo the T-X program. They have said that it is a program designed around a specific set of requirements that are different than what Scorpion was designed for. They are interested in the upcoming OA-X program though.

The OA-X invitations are being sent out this week, with the program happening at Holloman AFB this summer. It's designed to be built around off the shelf technologies and aircraft. The Scorpion may prove to be a good fit for that program.

www.kansas.com...




posted on Mar, 20 2017 @ 07:40 PM
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Makes sense..Its strange how they knew the requirements beforehand for the TX.Or did they change TX requirements?



posted on Mar, 20 2017 @ 07:45 PM
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a reply to: Blackfinger

They sent out a baseline during the RFI portion, that had the minimum they would accept from any aircraft entered.



posted on Mar, 21 2017 @ 01:17 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Are the USAF brass as enamored with the Scorpion as everyone else is? It seems like it was designed from the start to be a tough, versatile, and cheap COIN/CAS truck that still has the ability to make the fighter mafia get that funny feeling in their pants when they look at it (which the A-37, OV-10, and A-10 were never able to do).

Though I wonder how the USAF guys are going to feel about training the next generation of Air Force fighter jocks in what basically amounts to a "My First F/A-18".



posted on Mar, 21 2017 @ 02:25 PM
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a reply to: Barnalby

They've been doing a certification of it and are getting ready to start flying it. We'll find out soon how they like it. They've completed the initial review of the Textron data and certification.



posted on Mar, 22 2017 @ 12:03 AM
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posted on Mar, 22 2017 @ 12:26 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

And so it begins...



posted on Mar, 22 2017 @ 12:32 AM
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a reply to: Barnalby

It'll definitely be an interesting summer. Might have to arrange a load to route through WSMR and eat some miles.



posted on Mar, 22 2017 @ 04:47 AM
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posted on Mar, 22 2017 @ 05:08 PM
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Well this is an interesting twist.

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posted on Mar, 22 2017 @ 07:21 PM
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Hey can someone give me a key to that toyshop if they have airframe projects spare to go around ?



posted on Apr, 20 2017 @ 08:13 AM
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Textron announced they will offer both the Scorpion and AT-6 for the OA-X demonstration.

www.flightglobal.com...



posted on Apr, 20 2017 @ 09:06 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Yeah I saw this earlier. Seems Textron is really angling for the (eventual) contract. Personally I would love to see the Scorpion with the high speed wing concept. That would be very interesting as a platform.



posted on May, 15 2017 @ 09:10 AM
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Scorpion, AT-6, and A-29 are all going to be involved in the OA-X program this summer.



posted on Jun, 22 2017 @ 12:25 PM
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Textron is testing a 20mm cannon, as well as a .50 cal HMP 400 pod at Pax River, ahead of the OA-X test this summer. They're expanding the flight envelope, and improving the stores computer. They also plan on demonstrating 25 lb BDU-33, and 500 lb MK-82 bombs. They've previously tested the GBU-12 Paveway II, and APKWS.

www.flightglobal.com...



posted on Jul, 3 2017 @ 10:10 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

SASC authorized $1.2 billion for the OA-X. We'll see if it makes it to the Prez's signature or not...

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posted on Jul, 3 2017 @ 11:56 PM
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a reply to: thebozeian

I think if we were ever going to see that it would have been in the T-X program. This platform would favor the design we're all familiar with.



posted on Jul, 4 2017 @ 12:51 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Both of these have chubby induction.



My fav, the ARES.
Your mileage may differ.



posted on Jul, 6 2017 @ 01:35 PM
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The more I look at these aircraft I like the AT-6B Wolverine the most. It's commonality with the AF, Army and Navy programs already out there will mean it will be easier to get technicians and staff trained for the units. A built in ISR pod and holding more fuel are the winners for me though. These aircraft might need to hang out for a while to cover extractions or watch the bad guys.



posted on Jul, 6 2017 @ 02:13 PM
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a reply to: Caughtlurking

The AT-802U FTW.




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