News: Video: F-35A’s first AMRAAM release
By Gary Parsons on 23 October 2012, 10:48
Lockheed Martin’s F-35A has completed the type’s first aerial weapons release of an AIM-120 AMRAAM.
October 23: Hot on the heels of last week’s first JDAM drop, Lockheed Martin’s F-35A test aircraft AF-01 has completed the type’s first aerial weapons release of an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile).
US Air Force pilot Major Matthew Phillips completed the test on October 19 over the China Lake test range. This was the second in-flight weapons release in three days for AF-01 as it had completed the release of a 2,000lb (900kg) GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) on October 16.