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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: AAQ-40, Electro-Optical Targeting System and JSF EOTS
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman
Parent System: EOTS
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2015
Total Production: ?
Family Members: Advanced EOTS
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Description: The Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS), developed in parallel with the EO DAS (Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System), is an internally mounted, lightweight, affordable, high performance, multi-functional sensor for precision air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting capability. Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems and Lockheed-Martin Missiles and Fire Control are developing the EO DAS and the EOTS for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). This multi-function sensor is based on the proven Sniper XR technology and will be carried internally under the F-35 multi-role fighter nose. It will be connected to the F-35 main computer via a high-speed fiber optic interface meeting the F-35 integrated system architecture requirement. The primary role for this sensor is to provide longer range detection and targeting capability compared to precedent generations of aircraft-mounted targeting systems.

The EOTS comprises a third generation FLIR, a laser, and a CCD-TV camera providing target detection and identification at greatly increased standoff ranges, high resolution imagery, automatic tracking, infrared search and track IRST, laser designation, laser rangefinder, and laser spot tracking. The EOTS F-35 sub-system functionality could be expanded in the future.

EOTS Applications

Combat Aircraft F-35A Lightning II F-35B Lightning II F-35C Lightning II F-35I Adir


There are 7 news between
3 Mar 2004 and 19 Sep 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018Lockheed Martin Completes 400th EOTS Electro-Optical Targeting System
Thursday, September 10, 2015Lockheed Martin Offers Advanced Electro-Optical Targeting System for the F-35 Lightning II
Monday, August 16, 2010Cooperative Avionics Test Bed Aircraft Conducts First Flight of F-35 EOTS
Wednesday, April 7, 2010First F-35 Lightning II with Mission Systems Enters Flight Test
Monday, November 30, 2009First Production Electro-Optical Targeting System Ready for Integration onto F-35 Aircraft
Monday, June 11, 2007F-35 EOTS Targeting System Successfully Completes Inaugural Flight Test
Wednesday, March 3, 2004F-35 EO DAS Flight Tests Begins

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