Things are looking up for Textron AirLand’s Scorpion jet this year.

The company will be showing off Scorpion at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport this week fresh off the news that the U.S. Air Force has selected the low-cost intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and light-attack jet to face off against Textron’s AT-6 Wolverine turboprop and Sierra Nevada-Embraer’s A-29 Super Tucano in a demonstration at Holloman AFB, N. Mex., this summer.

All three aircraft had been considered front-runners for the air force’s so-called OA-X light-attack demonstration, which could eventually lead to procurement of a low-cost light fighter fleet for counterterrorism missions.

Textron’s internally funded Scorpion jet made its first flight in 2013, but has yet to sign its first customer. The company recently withdrew the aircraft from competing for the air force’s T-X Advanced Pilot Trainer. Still, the company said customer interest was sufficient last October to start a limited production run.

The Scorpion made its international air show debut in 2014 with an appearance at the Royal International Air Tattoo in the UK. It also appeared at Le Bourget in 2015.

However, Scorpion is seen as a bit more of a stretch for OA-X. Scorpion is a light jet rather than a turboprop, potentially a disadvantage from a cost perspective.

Still, Textron is confident both the Scorpion and AT-6 are “exceptional platforms” to fulfill the light-attack mission, spokeswoman Rosa Lee Argotsinger told Aviation Week May 15.

“Both platforms offer advanced mission systems technology, affordability and adaptability,” said Argotsinger. “Designed, sourced and built in the United States, the Scorpion and AT-6 also offer a strong, positive economic impact aligned with the goals of the current administration.”