Lockheed Martin is assembling a prototype “advanced” electro-optical targeting system proposed to replace the current production version on the F-35.
The company describe the Electro-Optical Targeting System as an “affordable, high-performance, lightweight, multi-function system that provides precision air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting capability”.
It has been reported that Lockheed director of business development for missiles and fire control Don Bolling says the proposed multispectral sensor will allow Lightning II operators to detect air and ground targets with greater clarity and at longer ranges, via short-wave infrared, high-definition television, infrared marker and image detector resolution enhancements.
The new targeting sensor was announced in 2015 and it is hoped that the sensor upgrade will be included on a list of new capabilities being considered by the F-35 Joint Programme Office for the Block 4 project, which starts in 2019.
Lockheed recently delivered the 200th EOTS sensor.