BF-3, a short take-off and vertical landing
F-35 variant, executed an inert 1,000-pound GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) separation weapon over water in an Atlantic test range while travelling at 400 knots at an altitude of 4,200 feet.
Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin Rolls-Royce has opened a new manufacturing cell to produce a key component of the propulsion system for Lockheed Martin's short take-off and vertical landing
variant Joint Strike Fighter.
The carriers, due to enter service in 2012 and 2015, will operate the short take-off and vertical landing
variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter.
The BF-1 flight-test aircraft, which will demonstrate the F-35B's short take-off and vertical landing
(STOVL) capability, completed a 1h flight on 4 September at Fort Worth, Texas, Lockheed says.
The Naval short take-off and vertical landing
version, the X-32 B, is expected to make its maiden flight during the first quarter of 2001.