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NAWCAD Delivers F-35B Weapons Loader Adapters to Marine Corps; David Page Quoted

The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Lakehurst Airborne Weapons Support Equipment branch developed a weapons loader and an adapter to boost the F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft's loading capabilities. The GBU-49 loader is designed to assist the F-35B attack moving ground-based targets while an adapter attachment allows the aircraft to carry and deploy smart bombs, the U.S. Navy said Tuesday.

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Marines F-35B Units Land on USS Wasp for Patrol Operation

The U.S. Marine Corps‘ Fighter Attack Squadron 121 has landed F-35B Lightning II aircraft aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s 2018 spring patrol. The recent landing on the East China Sea starts the F-35B’s first deployment for an MEU operation, the Marines said Monday. The MEU’s annual …

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Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Exercise in Japan

U.S. Marine Corps troops in Iwakuni, Japan have commenced a nighttime aerial refueling exercise in aims to improve operational readiness and pilot proficiency. The Defense Department said Friday the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 or VMGR-152 refueled Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121’s F-35B Lightning II aircraft and Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251’s F/A-18C Hornets using a KC-130J Hercules aircraft. “Every …

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Lt. Gen. Jon Davis: Marines Eye F-35 Weapons & Sensors on UAS

Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, U.S. Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation, has said the service branch’s future Group 5 unmanned aircraft system may carry the same weapons and sensors as the F-35 fighter jet, DoD Buzz reported Thursday. Davis told the Unmanned Systems Defense conference in Virginia that the Marine air-ground task force unmanned …

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Marine Corps Hot Loads F-35B With Laser-Guided Bombs

The U.S. Marine Corps has loaded an F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Guided Bomb Units-12 aerial laser-guided bombs while the pilot was onboard and engines were running in a process called hot loading. USMC said Saturday the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One cadre conducted the hot load exercise as part of the …

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