posted on Jun, 21 2014 @ 02:31 PM
a reply to: IamSirDrinksalot
The main mission it was designed for is real-time ISR. It is capable of being armed as a secondary role, and the wing box is capable of accepting a
swept wing for performance if needed as an attack aircraft. There are many, many nations that need maritime patrol for their naval airforces or coast
guard for search and rescue and drug interdiction missions and which have no need or desire to bomb or rape peasants.
Those nations can buy two Scorpions for the cost of an HC-144 or a MPA-D8. They can probably fly them almost twice as often for the same operating
Some of those same countries will want to be able to hang a LGB on them because you can buy three of them for the price of a F-16, and then afford to
fly them seven hours for every hour you'd be able to get a F-16 off the ground.
I doubt Textron evaluated the target market for African countries intent on bombing peasants, and decided to spend several million dollars in an
effort to equip them with the latest (and completely unnecessary to the task) ISR sensors, but that sounds less incendiary than invoking napalming
villages for profit.