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US Air Force tests fighter plane packed with SIX bombs in terrifying show of force

THE United States Air Force tested a fighter plane equipped with six bombs on a single side, in a terrifying show of force.

The Military Times tweeted the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron successfully flew an F-15E Strike Eagle carrying six joint direct attack munition (JDAM) bombs on February 22.

The F-15E Strike Eagle is a two-seat all-weather long range strike and ground attack aircraft.

It was designed for the US Armed Forces in the 1980s. and a total of 236 were built from 1985 to 2001.

Over the years, The Strike Eagle has been deployed for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya.

However, this time around the Strike Eagle was tested with six JDAM bombs on one side.

The JDAMs is a guidance kit that converts unguided bombs, or "dumb bombs", into all-weather precision-guided munitions.

The JDADs hasa published range of up to 15 nautical miles (28km), and range from 500 pounds to 2,000 pounds.

From 1998 to November 2016, Boeing completed more than 300,000 JDAM guidance kits.

In 2017, it built more than 130 kits per day and as of February 2020, 430,000 kits had been produced.

The latest show of forces by the US Armed Forced came days before President Joe Biden ordered an airstrike in Syria last week that left 22 dead.

Biden's actions were dubbed a "barbaric agression" by Iraqi militia Kataeb Hezbollah, saying the bombing was as "a heinous crime in violation of international law and insulting to the sovereignty of Iraq".

The US dropped seven JDAMs at a crossing used by Iranian-backed militia groups to move weapons across the border.

The US appeared to be retaliating for a February 15 rocket attack on the American military base at Erbil International Airport - which was later claimed by the Guardians of Blood Brigade.

That attack, in a region run by Kurds, killed one contractor who was not American and injured numerous American contractors and an American service member.

Those killed in Biden’s airstrike were killed on their positions and a weapons shipment at the time when it was crossing from Iraq to Syria, via a military crossing near Al-Qa’em crossing in Al-Bokamal area in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. 

Iran’s top security official, Ali Shamkhani, condemned the action against Hezbollah's paramilitary group.

“The attack on anti-terrorist resistance forces is the beginning of a new round of organized terrorism,” the semi-official Nour News quoted him as saying.

Responding to a reporter’s question on what he wanted to get across with the attacks, Biden said: “You can’t act with impunity. Be careful.”

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the targets “were chosen to correspond to the recent attacks on facilities and to deter the risk of additional attacks over the coming weeks.”

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