AFRL Technology Makes New Weapon for Sinking Ships a Reality

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May 4, 2022 | Originally published by U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory on April 28, 2022

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This story has been updated to provide a link to a video from this demonstration. It can be found at

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Eglin’s Integrated Test Team demonstrated a new low-cost, air-delivered capability for defeating maritime threats on April 28, 2022, that successfully destroyed a full-scale surface vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.

An F-15E Strike Eagle released one modified GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) as part of this test, the second experiment in the QUICKSINK Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) funded by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. 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.

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