File photo – an F-35A Lightning II aircraft to receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 13, 2015, during a flight from England to the united states.
(U.s. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown).
The F-35 will fire 25 mm cannon and air-drop some laser-guided bombs, and to prepare for the stealth 5th-Gen fighter for the future of high-tech war due to the improvement of the precision-strike, air attack, and the targeting and close-air-support.
The GAU-22 Gun System, Small Diameter Bomb II and the GBU-38/54, are all slated for additional ground and flight tests later this year, Brandi Schiff, is an official with the F-35 II Joint Program Office, said a Warrior in a written statement.
The weapons that are now being developed for a number of years, will build on the existing arsenal of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons now deployed in the F-35. The current production of the F-35s have been certified to carry Paveway IV, GBU-12 and GBU-49 laser-guided bombs, the Ship said.
The Navy is now operating the F-35C, is preparing for its first deployment. Strike Fighter Squadron 147 (VFA-147), also known as the “Argonauts” is based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, is scheduled to be the first of a USN F-35C squadron, and for the creation of an operational deployment, the Ship said.
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The Air Force’s F-35 testing, software development, and integration of these new weapons are an important part of a future Block 4 version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a new upgrade of the software for the multi-role combat aircraft and a whole new dimension to the attack, mission opportunities, service leaders said. The term 4 program will bring additional weapons for the F-35, like the GBU-53 Small Diameter Bomb, and the GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition.
The four-barrel 25mm cannon, and is designed to be a rapid-fire to quickly cover one enemy gunfire, and destroy targets quickly. The coat of arms is in a position to have the fire of 3,300 rounds per minute, according to a statement released by General Dynamics.
The Block 4 of the initiative, it is part of a long-range program is planned for the F-35 is described in detail by the British developers, as well as C2D2 – to ensure Continuous Development of Capabilities and Delivery. The idea, officials say, is to change the position of the multi-role fighter aircraft that is the approach for the development of new weapons, stealth materials, sensors and guidance technology as it becomes available.
The inclusion of weapons, it is in compliance with the current Air Force strategy is to speed up software upgrades on the aircraft, keeping pace with the current technological developments. Instead of having to rely on pre-defined steps that can be added to the points in time, often several years in and out of the F-35 for the developers to see the need for a consistent, short-term, the integration of the software improvements as they emerge.
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The Small Diameter Bomb II
The SDB II has been described as a key element of the Block (4) is a new, air-dropped weapon is able to destroy moving targets in all types of weather conditions, at distances greater than 40 km, air force, and Raytheon officials said.
The coat of arms, officially called StormBreaker, and has successfully completed its operational a drop test, and is now moving in the direction of the integration, a Raytheon statement said.
GPS and laser-guided weapons such as Joint Direct Attack Munitions, have been around for decades, but they have to be in the first place, it is designed for use against fixed or stationary targets.
While in the air force, at this time, the use of a laser-guided bomb called the GBU-54 is able to destroy moving targets with the new, SDB-II is going to be able to do this at longer ranges and in all weather conditions. In addition, the SDB II has been built with a two-way, dual-band, data-link, then change the goals, or to adapt it to the different target groups, locations, in-flight, Raytheon developers are told to “Warrior” Base.
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The Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB-II), which has already completed a series of experiments in a wind tunnel, you can destroy moving targets in all weather conditions, with a range of more than 40 miles — a Raytheon statement said.
A key component of the SDB-II is a technology called “tri-mode” seeker, a guidance system to direct the weapon with the aid of a millimeter-wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared guidance and semi-active laser technology.
Raytheon’s weapons developers will tell you that the tri-mode seeker that offers a wide range of guidance, and the targeting options that are not normally used together in a single system. A Millimeter-wave radar, it gives a weapon an ability to navigate through adverse weather conditions, and the circumstances in which the other systems are having problems with the achievement or the identification of one’s goals.
Imagine an infrared guidance allows the weapon to track and hone in on heat signatures such as the temperature of an enemy vehicle. With a semi-active laser technology, the weapon can be guided to an exact point, with the aid of a laser pointer or laser illuminator, from the air or on the ground, Raytheon officials told the Warrior.
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Also, the SPA II brings you a new way to keep track of the targets in flight, through the use of a two-way Link 16 and UHF data link, Raytheon officials said.
A Raytheon SDB II for the developer told the Warrior in a previous interview that, “the millimeter-wave radar, based on the first one. Then, the data link provides a cue to tell the seeker where you have to open up and have a look. Then, in order for the weapon to be able to turn on the IR (infra-red), which makes use of heat-seeking technology.”
The SPA-II has been designed for the weighing only 208 pounds, a lighter weight than most of the other air-dropped bombs, so that eight of them will be able to apply it to the inside of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Raytheon officials explained.
If the weapons are kept in an internal weapons bay, and do not hesitate to have an external weapons pod then you can have a plane is able to maintain the stealth properties, because of the shapes and contours of the arms will not be visible to the enemy radar.
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105 pounds for the SDB-II is the explosive warhead, which consists of a “blast-frag-power” and a “plasma-jet” technology, it is designed to make the enemy’s armor to pierce, Raytheon officials explained.
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The SDB-II will also have the opportunity to rank them, which means that it is possible, for example, can be programmed to hit only the tanks are in a convoy, as opposed to any other moving vehicle. The weapon’s classification of tanks, vessels, or the wheels of targets, Raytheon officials added.