01 Oct 2019

Lockheed Martin Continues development of Advanced EOTS

Lockheed Martin has continued development of its Advanced Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) for the F-35 Lightning II.

Advanced EOTS includes a larger aperture and provides pilots with multi-spectral sensing options such as high-resolution Mid-Wave IR, Short-Wave IR and Near IR. Utilising the same volume and weight, Advanced EOTS is effortless to integrate into the F-35 Lightning II with the “plug and play” feature.

Additionally, because of increased reliability and reduced costs per operating hour, the new system is expected to provide more than $1 billion in life cycle cost savings for users.

“We understand the importance of providing pilots with the most advanced technologies available today,” said Michael Williamson, vice president of Sensors & Global Sustainment at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Lockheed Martin is prepared to integrate Advanced EOTS on the F-35 should customers require the upgrade as part of F-35 follow on modernisation. Advanced EOTS was funded through internal investment and was vetted through Operational Analysis against the most demanding F-35 missions. It provides enhanced performance for both air-to-air and air-to ground day and night missions.

With Advanced EOTS, customers get significantly expanded capabilities, greatly increased performance, higher reliability and sizable sustainment savings.

image courtesy of Lockheed Martin

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