The F-35 Will Soon Fire Its Biggest ‘Guɳ’ And Drop New Laser-Guided Bσmbs.
The F-35 will again fire its 25mm cannon and drop several new laser-guided bσmbs to prepare its 5th Generation stealth fighter for future high-tech warfare by enhancing precise airstrike, targeting, and close-range support.
The GAU-22, Small Diameter Bσmb II and GBU-38/54 weαpσn Systems are all slated for additional ground and flight tests later this year, Brandi Schiff, an official at the F-35 II Joint Program Office, told Warrior in writing.
The weαpσn, now in development for several years, will build on the air-to-air and air-to-ground weαpσn arsenal currently used in the F-35. The current production F-35 is certified to carry the Paveway IV, GBU-12 and GBU-49 laser-guided bσmbs.
The Navy’s F-35C now in service is preparing for its first deployment. Strike Fighter Squadron 147, also known as “Argonauts” based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, is slated to be the first USN F-35C squadron to undertake an operational deployment.
The Air Force’s F-35 testing, software development, and integration for this new weapon are a key part of the upcoming Block 4 variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, an emerging software upgrade intended to give the multipurpose fighter a new dimension. possible attack mission.
The Block 4 program brings additional weαpσns to the F-35, including the GBU-53 Small Diameter Bσmb and the GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition.
The four-barreled 25mm guɳ is designed for rapid fire in order to quickly cover enemies with fire and destroy targets quickly. The weαpσn is capable of firing 3,300 rounds per minute, according to a statement from General Dynamics.