FILE: A U. S. Marine Corps F-35B joint strike fighter jet performs aerial maneuvers during aerial refueling training over the Atlantic Ocean.
A 2014-test demonstrated that the AMERICAN F-35 fighter jet could prove to be a viable weapon against the threat of North korea launched ballistic missile, reports said.
The high-tech F-35 sensors can help other missile defence equipment to track and destroy an intercontinental ballistic missile launched by North Korea.
John “Bama” Montgomery, business development manager at Northrop’s targeting division, told the Defense that the information that is collected by the F-35s can be transferred to a THAAD anti-ballistic missile system.
“The shooter has now and his information is in the right place,” Montgomery said. “So, the radar no longer have to search. It goes, ‘I know where it is; it is there.'”
I had missed it, but apparently Duncan Hunter wants F-35s to do boost-phase intercept of north korea’s missiles w/ AMRAAMs https://t.co/lb8Zag8wBY ?
— O / o Panda (@nktpnd) 6 November 2017
The evaluation pointed to an Inside Defense report cited Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who said that the joint strike fighter can be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the boost-phase.
The Defense report said that the U.S. is not in a waterproof manner to a ICBM. The report said that the best opportunities the U.S. has in the interception of a missile if it is on, or leaving the launch pad.
Northrop allegedly conducted a test in 2014 to determine whether the F-35’s Distributed Aperture System can accurately track an ICBM. The test is determined that the sensors can help missile-defense systems to destroy the target.
The news was reportedly not released until Tuesday because it took a few years to determine. The modeling and simulation numbers are classified, but Montgomery told the Defense that, “I can tell you now that this system, as shown here, will actually help the ballistic missile environment.”
Last week, North Korea launched a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile that demonstrated a greater range than other missiles North Korea has tested. An expert estimated her range of more than 8,100 km as the start of a standard track, which would be Washington, D. C., within easy reach.
The details of the test remain unclear, with one US official said the missile will not succeed in a re-entry in the atmosphere of the Earth – the main problem for North Korea’s nuclear program.
Edmund Initiative is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.