Britain’s F-35B Is Getting New Toys: The AIM-132 ASRAAM Missile and Paveway IV Bomb

Britain’s F-35B Is Getting New Toys: The AIM-132 ASRAAM Missile and Paveway IV Bomb

Dario Leone

Technology, Europe

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The weapon is a guidance kit based on the existing Enhanced Paveway II Enhanced Computer Control Group (ECCG) added to a modified Mk 82 general-purpose bomb with increased penetration performance.

The 461st Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) recently conducted weapon delivery accuracy tests with two U.K. weapons.

The weapons were released from a U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B Lightning II, short takeoff/vertical landing variant, which will also be used by the U.K’s Royal Air Force (RAF) and Navy, explained Kenji Thuloweit, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs in the article 461st FLTS tests U.K. weapons for F-35B.

The U.K. weapons used for the test were the AIM-132 ASRAAM short-range, infrared-guided missile and Paveway IV precision-guided bomb.

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