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The tensions between North Korea and the United States show no signs of abating. If anything, the threat of war and a North Korean nuclear attack continue to escalate.
Now, enemies of the U.S. will soon face the most advanced fighter jet in the world – with even more firepower.
The F-35 lightning II is the world’s first fifth generation fighter jet. It has an exceptional stealth capabilities that the aircraft to fly deep into enemy airspace without detection.
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For the first time ever, the nation’s most advanced fighter jets, the F-35 is to be used in Asia, such as a theater security package (TSP). At Kadena Air Force Base in Japan, this incredibly advanced new joint strike fighters are ready with America’s extraordinary pilots to maintain security and stability in the region if necessary.
Made by Lockheed Martin, this new military aircraft is a so-called multi-role fighter due to the versatility and the ability to run on a variety of missions. The groundbreaking technology on board the F-35 to perform intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions, as never before.
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‘Tis the season for a better bombs
But the F-35 can also act as a formidable attack aircraft that mind blowing opportunities for every battle, armed with some of the most sophisticated and most destructive weapons in the world.
The US Air Force is adding Raytheon’s GBU – 49 Enhanced Paveway II bombs for their F–35. It will be America’s new joint strike fighter even more deadly.
Flight testing the bomb is underway this month and the air force is expected to receive 400 guidance kits at the end of the following month.
More and more deadly, powerful weapons are going to be the arm through the plane.
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What is a GBU – 49?
And that is crucial, it gives the F-35A’s ability to moving targets with powerful bombs.
Now, the ability to strike moving targets can be described as less than ideal. The pilots have the option, for example, to manually direct munitions such as the GBU – 12 on a moving target.
Similar to the Small Diameter Bomb II the building on the arm-combatants in the future, the GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II is designed to strike moving targets.
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Why does a bomb as this matter?
Threats to Americans, and security are not always stationary.
And it is not easy to hit a moving target. when you shoot at a moving target in the context of flying in a fighter jet at speeds far faster than the speed of sound-it becomes even more difficult.
Imagine a scenario where an ISIS bomb maker who has killed countless Americans with his bombs, kept in a compound. By the time American fighter jets reached the area, the bomb maker, jumped in a car to flee.
The F-35s harness a huge Pratt and Whitney engine to deliver amazing fighter speeds of about 1200 km / h. So now the fighter jet traveling at these immense speeds, it should still accurately hit a fast maneuvering of the vehicle to stop the bomb maker before he can kill more Americans.
Or take another hypothetical scenario involving a dangerous dictator. He announces that he is travelling to a nuclear weapons facility for the launch of a nuclear weapon in the U.S. house from the bottom.
For the protection of the United States, the F-35s could theoretically penetrate the country’s airspace undetected, but it should be a bomb that can accurately and reliably strike the dictator vehicle for the race in the direction of the installation.
This is just one example of why this kind of bombs, smart powerful bombs that can hit a moving target, are important.
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How does it work?
As you might expect, are the details that go into the U.s. army, powerful bombs are closely held.
But here is what can be shared: the GBU – 49’s have lasers built in that allows the bombs to calculate how far a victim move. In this way, they can anticipate where the target will be for a successful strike.
With their advanced technology, they turn “dumb” bombs in the so-called ‘smart’ bombs.
This means that the immense power of the American-made bombs can hit their intended targets. This smart-bombs play an important role in making sure that threat is taken away, while more importantly, reducing collateral damage and unintended casualties thanks to the precision.
The GBU – 49 Enhanced Pave Way II is a type of the Paveway. The Paveway is a new one for the F-35, but Paveways are not new.
Paveways is in fact a bomb of choice for a certain period of time. If you for Operation Iraqi Freedom, for example, more than 50 percent of the precision-guided weapons fired from the air to hit targets on the ground and was, in fact, Paveways, according to Raytheon statistics.
The GBU- ‘ 49 are similar to the Paveway IVs that is already integrated in the United Kingdom, the joint strike fighters to great success.
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What is the following?
This GBU- ‘ 49 will bridge the gap to other planned bombs to arm the F-35As.
Other long-awaited and highly lethal ammunition, the Small Diameter Bomb II. This laser designated munitions will be integrated to the F-35As.
If the GBU – ‘ 49, they will strike moving targets with precision. And they do that in all sorts of challenging weather conditions and at a distance of more than 40 km. It is also hoped that these bombs can be fired without coming out of stealth.
Allison Barrie is a defense specialist with experience in more than 70 countries, who recommends the highest level of defence and national security, a lawyer with four postgraduate degrees, and author of the definitive guide, Future Weapons: Access Granted, to purchase, in 30 countries. Barrie hosts the new hit podcast “Tactical Talk”, where she gives listeners a direct access to the most fascinating of the Special Operations warriors each week and to learn more about the FOX Firepower host and columnist, click here or follow her on Twitter @allison_barrie and Instagram @allisonbarriehq.