Wednesday, July 17, 2013

100th F-35 targeting system delivered

EOTS and low observable window on F-35.
Lockheed Martin photo
Lockheed Martin recently delivered the 100th Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) for the F-35. It combines forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality to provide pilots with situational awareness and air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting from a safe distance. "F-35 pilots can use the imagery to determine exactly where to strike while staying out of harm's way," said Ken Fuhr, director of fixed wing programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Lockheed Martin is producing EOTS under the seventh low-rate initial production contract. Components of EOTS are manufactured at the company's Ocala, Fla., and Santa Barbara, Calif., facilities. Lockheed Martin also manufactures the low observable window for the aircraft at the company's Orlando, Fla., facility. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 07/12/13) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 Integrated Training Center.