F-35B Aces First Release of a UK Paveway IV Bomb

12/22/2017

The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 conducted the first weapons separation test of the UK’s Paveway IV precision-guided bomb from an F-35B Lightning II short take-off/vertical-landing (STOVL) variant June 12. During flight 461 over the NAVAIR Atlantic Test Ranges, RAF Squadron Leader Andy Edgell dropped two inert Paveway IV bombs from aircraft BF-03. This test is the first of a series of UK weapons separation events scheduled for 2015.

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