Lockheed Martin delivers 100th EOTS

Lockheed Martin recently released the 100th Electro-Optical Targeting System, which increases pilot visibility allowing for safer mission execution, for the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.

EOTS is the first system to combine both infrared search and track technology and forward-looking infrared technology to give F-35 pilots a heightened awareness of their surroundings. Pilots have improved air-to-air and air-to-surface visibility, enabling them to strike targets from a safer distance. EOTS enables aircrews to perform reconnaissance, identify areas of interest and deliver precise laser and GPS-guided weapons.

"F-35 pilots can use the imagery to determine exactly where to strike while staying out of harm's way," Director of Fixed Wing Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Ken Fuhr said. "Delivering our 100th F-35 EOTS is one step closer to ensuring all F-35 pilots can perform their missions and return home safely."

The newest EOTS was produced under Lockheed Martin's seventh low-rate initiation production contract. The technology is expected to be installed on more than 3,000 aircrafts between now and 2030. The technology will be used in fighter jets in the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, and is expected to be used in at least 10 other countries.

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