Dec. 11 - Lockheed Martin released video of the F-35 joint striker fighter jet, capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings, successfully performing a weapons test with a guided bomb. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Lockheed Martin released video of the F-35 joint striker fighter jet successfully performing a weapons test with a guided bomb. The video shows the aircraft releasing Guided Bomb Unit-32, or GBU-32, from its internal weapons bay at 25,000 feet above a military range in California's Mojave Desert on December 6. The GBU-2 hit its intended target of eight stacked cargo containers. The F-35 is designed to replace the U.S. government's aging F-16 fighters. It is a 5th generation fighter capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings. Lockheed is developing three models of the new radar-evading warplane for the U.S. military and eight countries that helped fund its development: Britain, Canada, Turkey, Italy, Norway, Australia, Denmark and the Netherlands. Israel and Japan also have placed orders for the jet.