As part of the continued weapons integration and validation tests, anconventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft, completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000 pound Joint Direct Attack Munition ( ).
The test was performed yesterday, Oct. 16 as U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Phillips jettisoned an instrumented GBU-31 from AF-1 over the China Lake test range. Previous weapon separation tests were already performed on theB variant of the Joint Strike Fighter at Patuxent River.
The weapon was carried internally, at left internal weapons bay. Thecan carry two such weapons internally plus two missiles, on four internal weapons stations, maintaining full stealth configuration. When stealth is not mandatory, the aircraft can carry up to 18,000 pounds using 10 weapon stations. The CTOL aircraft can three external weapon stations per wing if required.