Yet one more instance of the military jet trainer aircraft that can be also used as a multi-role combat warplane.
The American Textron Scorpion.
"The low-cost fighters to serve tomorrow’s air forces"
Only two years from a concept on paper to a fly-able aircraft. Remarkable.
"Fighter jets, like the Lockheed F-35, are becoming increasingly expensive. Is it possible to make something much cheaper?"
Nice looking airplane. The Textron Scorpion. A trainer but also having the possibility of a multi-role combat warplane. NOT supersonic but adequate? On demand can be fitted with a variety of weaponry.
"Meanwhile, a Russian design, the Yak-130, has also been touted as a low-cost plane to carry
out everything from air combat to reconnaissance, as well as train pilots."
That list of lightweight combat warplanes having the dual role to include:
* Textron Scorpion.
* Chinese JF-17.
* Russian Yak-130.
* South Korea KAI T-50.
* Italian M-346.
See my previous blog entry with the comment from an acknowledged aviation expert, the versatility and effectiveness of such dual purpose aviation questioned!