The Lockheed Martin F-35 has dropped its first bomb during weapons separating trials at Patuxent River, Maryland. The aircraft dropped the inert 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) on 8 August over the Atlantic test range while flying at 400 knots at an altitude of 4,200 feet. Lockheed Martin pilot Dan Levin dropped the […]
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The US Air Force began its search for a “counter electronics munition” by issuing a request for information to industry last October. That was followed by a public briefing that outlined plans for deploying an operational weapon by 2012. As of last July, the USAF had expressed a preference for a “counter electronics” payload that […]
(File photo)This just in from Lockheed Martin:F-35 prototype AA-1 registered its first Mach 1.05 test point today, passing the milestone flight test event carrying a 5,400lb full weapons load. Full weapons load includes two 2,000lb joint direct attack munitions (JDAMs) and two AIM-120 advanced medium range air to air missiles (AMRAAMs).
The US Air Force’s bombs come in roughly six sizes — the mini (250lb) SDB, and small (500lb), medium (1,000) and large (2,000lb) JDAMs. There’s also the extra-large (15,000lb) Daisy Cutter and super-size (20,000lbs) MOAB.One of the key frustrations in modern combat is that you’ll only have a “small” 500-pounder available when you really need […]
Reuters has an interesting scoop today on a key breakthrough for the Bush Administration’s arms package to Saudi Arabia. But I’m not sure what the reporter means by an “advanced” JDAM. He carefully references the laser JDAM as a possibility, but I also wonder if it could also be new JDAMs equipped with the anti-GPS-spoofing […]