The F-35 weapons-drop test program has advanced with another first. A Lockheed Martin F-35A jettisoned its first Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range-Air-to-Air Missile (Amraam) on Oct. 19. An F-35A previously dropped a 2,000-lb. Joint Direct Attack Munition while an F-35B dumped a 1,000-lb. version. The Amraam jettison is different, requiring the door-mounted rack to eject the missile.

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