F-35 EO DAS Flight Tests Begins

Released on Wednesday, March 3, 2004
United States of America
F-35A Lightning II
F-35B Lightning II
F-35C Lightning II
EO DAS - Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System
FLIR - Forward Looking InfraRed
IRST - InfraRed Search and Track
JSF - Joint Strike Fighter
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 high-resolution imagery generated by the EO DAS sensor will be available for the pilot via its helmet-mounted display.

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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