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JSF releases first weapon in flight

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 10, 2012
A F-35B releases an inert JDAM over an Atlantic test range on August 8. (Lockheed Martin)

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter test program has reached what Lockheed Martin calls a significant milestone by successfully dropping a dummy bomb into the Atlantic Ocean.

The release of an inert 1000 lb GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) was the first time an F-35 has released a weapon in flight. The mission was carried out by a short takeoff and vertical landing F-35B, the variant ordered by the US Marine Corps and the United Kingdom.

Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor on the F-35 program, said the weapon release was the first step in validating the F-35’s “capability to employ precision weapons and allow pilots to engage the enemy on the ground and in the air.”

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An aerial weapons separation test checks for proper release of the weapon from its carriage system and trajectory away from the aircraft, and is the culmination of a significant number of prior tests, Lockheed Martin said.

“While this weapons separation test is just one event in a series of hundreds of flights and thousands of test points that we are executing this year, it does represent a significant entry into a new phase of testing for the F-35 program,” said Navy Capt Erik Etz, director of test for F-35.

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