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The US Air Force has excluded the Textron Aviation Scorpion light attack aircraft from the next phase of the OA-X experiment, leaving the Textron’s AT-6 Wolverine and the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano as the finalists for a potential follow-on acquisition deal.
The news comes as a blow for Textron Aviation’s five-year-old campaign to win the endorsement of the US Air Force for the company-funded Scorpion, a twin-jet designed to perform as a light attack and observation platform.
Instead, the turboprop-powered AT-6 and A-29 are “the two most promising light attack aircraft”, says Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.
“This will let us gather the data needed for a rapid procurement,” Wilson says.
Textron Aviation declined to comment on the Air Force’s rejection of the Scorpion.