Jul 6, 2015

Lockheed's F-35 Live-Bomb Drops Hit Targets

The first live-bomb drops for F-35 JSF in a nontest environment were successful as the Marine Corps gets ready to declare the jet combat ready.
Fourteen pilots dropped 30 weapons last week over a restricted area in southeastern California, and all of the high-explosive weapons went off.
"The weapons employment went extremely well and validated the simulated procedures pilots have been training to and gave us confidence in the jet's ability to perform with real weaponry as advertised. These were the first ordnance expenditures by a fleet squadron in a nontest environment," said Major Brendan Walsh, a pilot and operations officer, in an emailed statement to IBD.

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