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Re: Bomb Racks For The F-35

Unread postPosted: 31 Oct 2019, 06:07
by weasel1962
F-35 "bug spray". Chemical free repellant.

Re: Bomb Racks For The F-35

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2020, 03:25
by steve2267
How many SDB's can an F-35 carry now internally + externally? (Ala beast mode -- maybe not max tonnage, but max number of munitions.)

I seem to recall A-7 images from my youth where there were six Mk82 on one pylon station: dual triple ejector racks. Is there any plan for an F-35 to be able to carry dual TER's? Multiple 500lb JDAMs (asuming the JDAMs would fit on a TER?) could be useful for a JTAC. I think the OP some twelve or more years prior asked about it, but not sure there was a definitive answer. An F-35 with eight SDB I/II's internally, and twelve or more 500lb JDAMs externally would be like a mini-Bone in the CAS role. (Not a VLO configuration, obviously.)

Re: Bomb Racks For The F-35

Unread postPosted: 06 Jan 2020, 04:27
by weasel1962
24 SDBs on each F-35 (8 internal, 16 external). Only remaining hurdle is the B which needs a redesigned BRU for internal SDB carriage.

Will the MER (BRU-41) end with the navy's legacy hornets/harriers? 6 bombs on a single rack is impressive even if obsolete with PGMs.

Don't think the BRU-55 or BRU-42 have been integrated yet on the F-35 so its still single (not dual or triple) JDAM carriage for now. There's always the "obsolete" F-15s with 12 LJDAMs on the CFT stations for CAS and generic tactical carpet bombing.

Re: Bomb Racks For The F-35

Unread postPosted: 14 Oct 2020, 03:40
by spazsinbad
VMFA-314 F-35C hot loading of weapons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPdCJDAzsaw