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F-35A ammunition loader validated

19th June 2017 - 15:30 by The Shephard News Team

F-35A ammunition loader validated

The US Air Force’s first F-35 Lightning II operational wing, the 388th Fighter Wing, has received five bulk ammunition loaders for field use.

The loader has been successfully tested during engineering validation and verification evaluations. In addition to validating the loader, the process gave maintainers an opportunity to provide input on improving the procedures and equipment in the future.

The system enables 25mm ammunition to be safely loaded into the F-35A while spent shells are simultaneously unloaded.

Michael Miles, the 388th Maintenance Group commander, said: ‘I’m proud of our weapons and ammo communities for their proactive drive to unleash air force combat capability. The results of this loader evaluation will help the maintenance group deliver combat capability anytime, anywhere when tasked.’

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