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Wichita firm to supply batteries for Textron’s Scorpion jet

Textron announced this week that it will submit its new Scorpion tactical jet in a competition for a United Kingdom military contract.
Textron announced this week that it will submit its new Scorpion tactical jet in a competition for a United Kingdom military contract. Courtesy photo

Mid-Continent Instrument Co.’s True Blue Power division will supply the batteries for Textron AirLand’s Scorpion tactical jet.

True Blue’s TB44, a 46 amp-hour lithium-ion aircraft battery, will be used aboard the Wichita-built Scorpion, a prototype of which is at this week’s Farnborough International Airshow in England.

Textron has been marketing the jet for more than two years to military forces around the world for use in a variety of defensive, offensive and reconnaissance roles.

On Tuesday, Textron announced it would submit the Scorpion jet – along with partners Thales and QinetiQ – for consideration in the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Air Support to Defence Operational Training program competition.

“The Scorpion jet provides the multi-role capability and performance necessary to perform the ASDOT programme missions at a fraction of the acquisition and operating costs compared to any other aircraft in its class,” Textron CEO Scott Donnelly said in a news release.

The first production Scorpion is expected to make its first flight this summer.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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