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August 24, 2018
 

422nd TES, 57th AMXS test F-35 ammunition bulk loader

Senior Airmen Brennan Rouse, Leilani Emelio and Staff Sgt. Riley Collins, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Bolt Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loaders, attach an ammo belt to a crate of 25mm rounds, Aug. 7, 2018, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This marked the first time an F-35A Lightning II from Nellis has conducted live fire training on the GAU-22/A weapons system. The test, performed by the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, served as a proof of concept to load, shoot and download the GAU-22 weapon system.

The 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and the 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., each recently reached milestones with the F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft program.

On Aug. 7 the 57th AMXS Bolt Aircraft Maintenance Unit validated bulk loader loading procedures for the aircraft’s GAU-22/A 25mm internal cannon, after which the 422 TES conducted the first-ever F-35 Lightning II gun-firing at Nellis AFB.

The loads and tests performed by the 57th AMXS and 422nd TES, served as a proof of concept to load, shoot and download the GAU-22 weapon system. Once the proof of concept is complete, operational combat air force units across the U.S. and allied military services will have the ability to deliver the F-35s lethality anytime, anywhere.
 

Senior Airmen Brennan Rouse and Leilani Emelio, 57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Bolt Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loaders attach an ammo belt to an F-35 Lightning II Aug. 7, 2018, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. This marked the first time an F-35A Lightning II from Nellis has conducted live fire training on the GAU-22/A weapons system. The test, performed by the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron, served as a proof of concept to load, shoot and download the GAU-22 weapon system.




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