WATCH: Israel’s new F-35A warplane completes first live air-to-air ‘kill test’
‘Boola boola!’ the pilot radioed in the hit, as Lockheed Martin tests advanced technology, to be fitted on Israeli fighter jets.
According to the staff at Lockheed Martin, the F-35 Lightning II advanced its combat capability by launching an air-to-air missile and directly hitting a drone, over a military test range off the California coast, on July 28.
Israel is the first country to order the Lightning II, and its new “Adir” fleet is expected to be delivered in December 2016.
U.S. Air Force test pilot, Maj. Raven LeClair, employed an AIM-9X missile from an F-35A’s external wing against an aerial drone target in restricted military sea test range airspace.
Test data and observers confirmed the F-35 identified and targeted the drone with its mission systems sensors, passed the target ‘track’ information to the missile, enabled the pilot to verify targeting information using the high off-boresight capability of the helmet mounted display (HMD) and launched the AIM-9X from the aircraft to engage the target drone.
After launch, the missile successfully acquired the target and followed an intercept flight profile before destroying the drone, achieving the first F-35 Air-to-Air kill or “Boola Boola,” which is the traditional radio call made when a pilot shoots down a drone.
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