The Navy variant of the Joint Strike Fighter in September performed the first external weapons release from the wings of an F-35, announced the aircraft’s joint program office. The F-35C successfully released four 500-pound GBU-12 laser-guided inert bombs from the wings’ pylons on a Navy test range in Maryland during consecutive test runs on Sept. 23. The tests “confirmed the accuracy of the predicted release trajectory,” according to the release. The F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Task Force completed the flight, one of 500 it has performed so far this year. The Navy is preparing for the second set of sea trials for the F-35C, on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower off the coast of Virginia. The Navy last November successfully landed F-35Cs on an aircraft carrier, off the coast of San Diego, Calif. The service expects to declare initial operational capability in 2018.
A-10s Headed to CENTCOM to Bolster Air Force Presence
March 23, 2023
As the Air Force’s broader focus shifts to the Pacific and Europe, the U.S. military will rely on aging close air support aircraft to meet the needs of its forces in the Middle East. A-10 Thunderbolt IIs will deploy to the region in April, a U.S. official told Air &…