31 Oct '13, 2pm

F35’s top bombing as it smashes tank with first weapon test

F35’s top bombing as it smashes tank with first weapon test

This is what the Royal Navy’s next-generation carriers will bring on the battlefield of the future – a tank turned into a metal carcass, thanks to the F35 Lightning II. A whirlwind of sand, dirt and iron devours an M60 tank on a range in California – the first time a guided weapon has been dropped by the new strike fighter. Some 25,000 feet above the Mojave Desert, an F35B – the jump jet variant which will be flown by Royal Navy and RAF aviators from the decks of HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales – released a 500lb Paveway guided-bomb. Thirty-five seconds later, laser seeker and fins attached to the bomb – which did not contain any explosive on this test – guided it on to its target, an old Patton tank on the ‘precision impact range’ at the legendary Edwards Air Force Base, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. The test was carried out by the US Marine Corps – which ...

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