Tests fighter fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35 entered in the latest stage. As said the U.S. military command during the last tests fighter successfully threw his first bomb.
To test the combat power of the F-35 South American military chose a set of Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), developed in the course together programs from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy. Bombs were dropped after a short duration flight off the coast of the South American state Dzhorzhdiya.
During the tests the developers tested the ability of the aircraft smoothly release the projectile itself, not its ability accurately hit a given target, explained in the U.S. Navy. Earlier fighter underwent meticulous testing on the ground.
This test was the first of a series of test events planned for this year the developers of the F-35. They will carefully test the ability of fighters to deploy high-precision weapon against enemies both on the ground and in the air.
"Although it is test process of separation of instruments is only one test of the future of hundreds of flights and thousands of test points that we are doing this year, it is an important step that marked the entry into the latest phase of testing F-35"- Said Capt. Erik Etz, managing a group of testers fighter.
According to the plans of the Pentagon, to the middle of the 2030s will be created 2,443 F-35 fighter 3 versions — for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy. Project cost is estimated at over 396 billion dollars.
Several hundred F-35 also will be sold to a strategic U.S. ally, including eight states taking part in the development of fighter aircraft (Britain, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands).
Israel and Japan have signed an appropriate agreement on the purchase of F-35 which will change frequently occurring fighter the world's F-16.
Note that this year the Pentagon announced that must postpone the creation of the first batch of F-35 aircraft from 179 to 2017, extending the tests of aircraft subjected to severe modification. The last of them cost the developers additional 7.9 billion dollars and 33 months of operation.