F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up

F-35 Weapons Delivery Accuracy Tests Wrapped Up 20 December, 2017

F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) completed a major test milestone, Weapons Delivery Accuracy (WDA) flight tests that began in July 2013.

The WDA portion of the F-35 developmental test and evaluation mission ensures the fifth-generation fighter’s weapons system can deliver lethal ordnance both air-to-air and air-to-ground using the jet’s warfighting Block 3F software.

The ITF used all three F-35 variants and delivered air-to-air missiles including AIM-120s, the AIM-9X and the United Kingdom’s Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile, as well as air-to-ground Paveway IV laser-guided bomb, GBU-39 small diameter bomb, GBU-12, GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition and the AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon.

The F-35 Integrated Test Force continues to conduct developmental flight test for the Defense Department’s F-35 Joint Program Office.  Ongoing testing at Edwards AFB includes mission effectiveness testing, suppression of enemy air defences, maritime interdiction, and offensive and defensive air-to-air combat testing.

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