F-35 fighter jet news has the United States putting it into action. For the first time, an F-35 fighter jet has dropped a guided bomb against a ground target. According to a report from Wednesday (Oct. 30), the Lockheed Martin plane used a laser-guided Guided Bomb Unit-12 (GBU-12) Paveway II bomb from its internal weapons bay. At the time, it was flying at around 25,000 feet, showing just how well it works.
This all took place at Edwards Air Force Base in California as the U.S. continues to run tests to ensure that the plane is working properly. From all accounts, this sounds like it worked perfectly, because the bomb hit a target on the ground, causing a fireball explosion in the process. It certainly seems like a war plane that no other country would ever want to go up against. This is also something that the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom has in its arsenal.
It's good that results are finally coming from the $392 billion joint program for the F-35 fighter jet. The next plan is to put it through air-to-air tests to see what the plane can do while going up against other aerial targets. The tracking system in the planes is supposed to be state-of-the-art, which could eliminate collateral damage when they are actually put into war zones. For now, though, the testing continues to see whether they can be reliable and accurate.
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