The U.S. Marine Corps has completed a series of operational test missile shots of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile onboard the F-35B aircraft.
Three F-35B, 75 U.S. Marines from Edwards Air Force Base in California and 21 test personnel from the JSF Operational Test Team at Edwards performed the testing at Eglin AFB in Florida from Aug. 9 to Sept. 1, DVIDS said Tuesday.
“Due to the commonality of the F-35 mission systems and weapons, everything we learned during this detachment directly translates to combat capabilities for the Marine Corps, our sister services and partner countries,” said Lt. Col. Richard Rusnok, VMX-1 F-35B Detachment officer-in-charge.
The employment scenarios were intended to validate and develop tactics, techniques and procedures for the three F-35 variants.
During the testing, the detachment performed engineering runs prior to firing five AIM-120 missiles and one Guided Bomb Unit-12 LASER guided bomb, and the team designed air-to-air and air-to-ground scenarios.
The team fired two missiles on two separate set-ups on the first day of live fire testing and dropped a GBU-12 from an F-35B while targeting a QF-16 drone during another test mission.