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Saudi testing precedes Scorpion's Dubai debut

Textron AirLand's production-standard Scorpion light-attack aircraft appears set to make a debut appearance at the Dubai air show from 12-16 November, with the aircraft currently being flown in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

Registered N532TX, the Scorpion was photographed as it transited through Glasgow airport in Scotland late last month.

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Iain Mackenzie

Online flight tracking services show the twinjet as performing demonstration flights from Tabuk air base in Saudi Arabia on 1-2 November. In July Textron chief executive Scott Donnelly identified Riyadh as a potential customer for the Honeywell TFE731-engined strike asset, describing talks as being at an early stage.

Textron AirLand conducted the first flight of its production-representative Scorpion in December 2016, and earlier this year the airframe was involved in an OA-X low-cost close air support aircraft experiment conducted by the US Air Force. It features numerous design enhancements from a first prototype which entered testing in December 2013, with the company still seeking a launch buyer.

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