How new weapons are making the F-35 even more lethal

David Isby overviews the ongoing development of new weapons for the F-35 Lightning II.

"We need fifth-generation weapons to have a fifth-generation force,” said General Mark Kelly, commander Air Combat Command, in Washington DC on September 22, 2021. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting Joint Strike Fighter’s new weapons - including non-kinetic ones such as electronic attack - will be enabled by the upcoming Block 4 software and the Technical Refresh-3 (TR-3) of major avionics hardware. TR-3 includes a new integrated core processor with enhanced computing power, an updated memory unit, and a panoramic cockpit display.

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