The US military tested the fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighter and learned how to drop the latest B61-12 nuclear bombs.
According to the Sandia State Experimental Laboratory, the tests took place at the secret Tonopah test site in Nevada in August.
This was the first detailed statement on the testing of this aerial bomb. The military claims that all systems of the aircraft, including mechanical, electrical, and interaction with the bomb, have shown successful results.
The tests involved the B61-12 bomb simulator, which is a 375-kilogram high-precision corrected projectile with a capacity of about 50 kilotons. The bomb is equipped with an inertial-satellite guidance system, and its updated tail section with rudders made it possible to abandon the old parachute system.
The aircraft dropped the projectile while flying at supersonic speed at an altitude of 10,500 feet (3,200 meters). She вЂњhitвЂќ the target in 42 seconds.