RAPTOR BOMB DROP IS A SUPERSONIC FIRST.Byline: Daily News
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. - An Air Force F/A-22 Raptor fighter-bomber passed a test of its ability to drop a 1,000-pound ``smart bomb'' at supersonic speed supersonic speed: see aerodynamics. .
The GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition Noun 1. Joint Direct Attack Munition - a pinpoint bomb guidance device that can be strapped to a gravity bomb thus converting dumb bombs into smart bombs
JDAM test bomb was dropped over a test range from an F/A-22 piloted by Maj. John Teichert of the 411th Flight Test Squadron A squadron is a small unit or formation of cavalry, aircraft (including balloons), or warships. Army and Marines
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Other aircraft have dropped the satellite-guided joint direct attack munition, or ``JDAM Noun 1. JDAM - a pinpoint bomb guidance device that can be strapped to a gravity bomb thus converting dumb bombs into smart bombs
Joint Direct Attack Munition ,'' bombs at subsonic sub·son·ic
1. Of less than audible frequency.
2. Having a speed less than that of sound in a designated medium.
Adjective speeds and the Raptor showed last year it could drop the bomb at supersonic speeds.
But this was the first drop of a JDAM from an internal bay, rather than from an exterior rack. Holding a bomb inside reduces the jet's image to enemy radar.
``Qualifying the Raptor to release GPS-guided bombs at supersonic speeds is a significant milestone for the program,'' Teichert said. ``Releasing a bomb under such conditions provides a notable increase in Raptor tactical capabilities.''
The Raptor is designed to fly high and fast, where it has an advantage against enemy missiles and aircraft. Dropping a bomb at supersonic speed lets the plane stay farther away from targets that could try to shoot it down.
``The speeds at which we will eventually release the JDAM over the next couple of weeks will far exceed any current aircraft's JDAM envelope,'' Teichert said.
An F/A-22 Raptor piloted by Maj. John Teichert releases a 1,000-pound bomb at supersonic speed for the first time near California's Panamint Mountain range.
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