Flight Testing

USAF F-35As complete final nuclear bomb flight test

Operating from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, on September 21 two USAF Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II aircraft released the B61-12 joint test assemblies

MQ-25A refuels F-35C in-flight for the first time

Boeing’s MQ-25A Stingray test asset marked yet another milestone on September 13, when the platform completed its first aerial refuelling of a US Navy-operated Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II fifth-generation multi-role stealth fighter

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MQ-25A refuels US Navy E-2D for the first time

The US Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation programme completed its first aerial refuelling flight with an E-2D Advanced Hawkeye on August 18 during a sortie from MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois

USAF proves ability to update F-16C software in-flight

For the first time, an Electronic Warfare System belonging to a USAF-operated Lockheed Martin F-16C Block 50 Fighting Falcon received an in-flight software update during a recent test sortie from Nellis AFB, Nevada

Airbus demos ground-based operation of C295 FITS mission system

Airbus has successfully concluded a flight test campaign featuring a new capability for the C295 FITS mission system (COMMOMISS), which enables it to be remotely operated by ground-based crews

A400M steps closer to helicopter refuelling certification

Airbus has successfully completed a major helicopter air-to-air refuelling certification campaign with the A400M heavy-lift tactical transport, marking a major milestone in the platform’s continued development

Ilyushin’s Il-112V transport resumes flight testing

Russia’s Ilyushin Il-112V light military transport has resumed flight testing after the first prototype took to the air again from the VASO Aviation Plant airfield in Voronezh on March 30

U-2 spy plane flies with AI co-pilot for the first time

A Lockheed U-2S Dragon Lady – one of the oldest platforms in the USAF’s inventory – became the first US military aircraft to fly with an artificial intelligence (AI) co-pilot on December 15

USAF demos gatewayONE data-sharing with F-22, F-35 and XQ-58

The USAF demonstrated the data-sharing capabilities of its gatewayONE payload during a test series that culminated in the formation flight of an F-22A, F-35A and XQ-58A over Arizona on December 9

Super Hornet completes first AARGM-ER captive carry flight

A US Navy-operated Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet has completed the first captive carry flight test of an Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile – Extended Range (AARGM-ER).