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Textron Scorpion Rejected for Next Phase of OA-X Program

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posted on Feb, 4 2018 @ 10:27 AM
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You have a limited budget and are trying for a relatively fast acquisition. Do you go for platforms that have been flying for years, that you've bought for allies,


If they really wanted a fast (and cheap) answer, then they wouldn't drag this out over a decade with one evaluation phase after another. As you state, the Texan and STucano have years of operational experience and data behind them. We already know everything there is to know about them. Why is DM hosting yet another T&E phase for aircraft we know inside and out?
It's because they don't want a fast cheap answer. They don't want answer at all. The answer they want is "nope, sorry".
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posted on Feb, 4 2018 @ 10:29 AM
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Regardless of which, it doesn't change the fact that if the program were to go ahead, the last choice you would make is a brand new aircraft. There are no customers, no supply chain, no maintenance system, etc.
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posted on Feb, 21 2018 @ 05:20 PM
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*IF* the program goes ahead. USAF is now saying FY 2020 at the earliest. I sense the Stingray approach is being utilized.

www.thedrive.com...



posted on Feb, 21 2018 @ 06:10 PM
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Considering their other higher priorities, like the B-52 engines, and the E-8 recapitalization they won't be allowed to kill, I'm not surprised.



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