F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting System Enters Low-Rate Production


The first production configuration of the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) was recently delivered for integration onto the F-35A aircraft. The systems are embedded into the F-35’s fuselage using innovative faceted sapphire window that reduces drag and preserves the aircraft low observability (stealth) characteristics. The company expects to produce more than 3,000 units, with production ramping up to deliver up to 200 units per year.

EOTS is first sensor to combine forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality. With this capability EOTS will provide Lightning II pilots with significant air-to-air and air-to-ground situational awareness in a single compact and completely passive sensor. The latest generation infrared sensor technology, the F-35 EOTS builds upon the success of Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod to provide high-resolution imagery, automatic target tracking, infrared-search-and-track, laser designation and range finding, as well as laser spot tracking – all at greatly increased standoff ranges. Modular components allow the F-35 EOTS to be maintained on the flight line for true two-level maintenance.