26 August 2014
The Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) said its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has passed flight test milestones in August, including weapons separation, software compatibility and flight hours.
F-35A aircraft AF-1 accomplished its 400th flight during a successful GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition aircraft separation test on Aug. 13 at Edwards Air Force Base, California. This was the first GBU-31 Mark-84 (2,000-pound guided munition) separation demonstration from the F-35. Previous GBU-31 separations were with the BLU-109 bomb body.
F-35B aircraft BF-1 and BF-4 completed “Mode 4″ formation testing on Aug. 9, as required for Block 2B software capability. In Mode 4 operations, the short take-off/vertical landing propulsion system is engaged, the lift fan, roll post nozzle, and three-bearing-swivel nozzle are operating, and all propulsion system doors and inlets are open.
F-35B aircraft BF-3 completed the 2B software fleet release weapon separation requirements for the F-35B with two successful AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile Air Vehicle Instrumented separation flights on consecutive days, Aug. 14 and 15. The AIM-120 radar-guided missiles were launched over the Atlantic Test Range.
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