The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Raytheon Missile Systems test-fired three AIM-9X Block I missiles from an F-35A Lightning II fighter aircraft at airborne targets, resulting in direct hits. The weapon is the first short-range, air-to-air missile to be used on the combat jet.

The series of guided live fire tests proved the end-to-end system capability of the missile on the aircraft.

The aircraft can carry two AIM-9X missiles on its wings and four Raytheon Missile Systems AIM-120 AMRAAM-series missiles internally when configured for an air dominance mission.

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