The F-35 Lightning II accomplished a significant test milestone on Aug. 8 when the aircraft successfully released a weapon in flight.
Traveling at 400 knots at an altitude of 4,200 ft, BF-3, a short take-off and vertical landing F-35 variant, released an inert 1,000 lb. GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) separation weapon over water in an Atlantic test range.
“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 naval variants.
“Today’s release of a JDAM was the result of extraordinary effort by our team of maintainers, engineers, pilots and others