10 Jul '13, 10pm

DoD Buzz | JSF Program Moves Toward LRIP Boost

DoD Buzz | JSF Program Moves Toward LRIP Boost

JSF Program Moves Toward LRIP Boost By Kris Osborn Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 6:55 pm Posted in Air The Joint Strike Fighter program took another step forward July 1 with a successful weapons test following last month’s announcement that the U.S. would bump up production of the much maligned fifth generation fighter to 44 aircraft in 2015. A F-35A Joint Strike Fighter flying just under the speed of sound dropped a 2,000-pound GBU-31 guided bomb from an altitude of 10,000 feet on July 1 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The test was flown to prove if the weapon would separate from the aircraft flying in a tactical environment, said John Haire, a spokesman at Edwards. The recent test was among the latest in a series of current assessments of the F-35 designed to inform the developmental process and move the platform forward toward full-rate production, said Joseph DellaVedov...

Full article: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2013/07/10/jsf-program-moves-towar...

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