The Air Force Research Laboratory and Eglin’s Integrated Test Team sunk a cargo ship off the coast of Destin-Fort Walton Beach to demonstrate “a new low-cost, air-delivered capability for defeating maritime threats.”
The demonstration took place on Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Air Force Research Laboratory partnered with the 780th Test Squadron of the 96th Test Wing and the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron of the 53rd Wing to equip the F-15E Strike Eagle at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with modified 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions as part of the second test in the QUICKSINK Joint Capability Technology Demonstration.
“An F-15E Strike Eagle released one modified GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, as part of this test, the second experiment in the QUICKSINK Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, or JCTD, funded by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering,” the Air Force said in a press release. “The test succeeded through a collaborative effort with AFRL, the 780th Test Squadron of the 96th Test Wing, and the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron of the 53rd Wing.”
The QUICKSINK program, a Navy partnership, aims to provide options to neutralize surface maritime threats while demonstrating the inherent flexibility of the joint force.
“QUICKSINK is an answer to an urgent need to neutralize maritime threats to freedom around the world,” said Col. Tony Meeks, Air Force Research Lab’s Munitions Directorate director. “The men and women of this directorate consistently find ways to solve our nation’s greatest challenges.”
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Source: Get The Coast