Britain’s F-35 jets now armed with new weapons 2,300MPH
The jets have completed their first test flights armed with the weapons that can fly 2,300mph over 31 miles – meaning they can reach their targets in less than a minute.
Defence procurement minister Stuart Andrew MP revealed the test flight on a visit to a Welsh site set to become the repairs base for the F-35 aircraft.
Britain is due to have nine F-35s in operation by the end of 2018.
The fighter jets will be jointly manned by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy – with HMS Queen Elizabeth sailing across the Atlantic ready to carry out her first flight trails in the US.
Mr Andrew was speaking at the Defence Electronics and Components Agency (DECA) in Wales, which is set to become a global repair hub for F-35 systems.
He said: “The F-35 Lightning fleet has moved another step closer to defending the skies and supporting our illustrious aircraft carriers with this landmark flight.