The Lockheed-Martin Corporation has announced that the first phase of the
Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System (EO DAS), formerly known as the EOTS, early risk reduction flight
test program was launched successfully.
The flight tests are being conducted near Patuxent River Naval Air Warfare
Center in Maryland. The array sensor is being tested mounted on an F-16
centerline pylon to gather data in a dynamic fighter environment.
The EO DAS sensor array will be integrated into the F-35 (formerly the JSF) multirole,
supersonic stealthy fighter
under development for the US Navy, US Air Force, Marine Corps and the United
Kingdom as well as allied nations.
This advanced sensor will provide warning, navigation forward looking
infrared (FLIR), and infrared search and track (IRST) capabilities. The
generated by the EO DAS sensor will be available for the pilot via its
Production F-35 fighters will have flush-mounted EO DAS sensor array
at various points along the fuselage to provide enhanced combat
effectiveness and 360� full coverage around the aircraft. The spherical coverage
around the F-35 will dramatically improve situational awareness while
facilitating V/STOL operations in close areas.
Lockheed-Martin is developing the EO DAS sensor array in partnership with
Northrop-Grumman. The F-35 variants (three at this time -A/B/C) will replace the
AV-8B, F-16, F/A-18 and A-10 owned by the United States and allied nations and
United Kingdom's Harrier Gr.7 and Sea Harrier aircraft beginning in 2010.
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