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Lockheed Reaches Optical System Milestone for F-35 Fighter Plane

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ORLANDO, Fla., March 4, 2016 — Lockheed Martin Corp. said it has delivered its 200th electro-optical targeting system (EOTS) for the U.S. armed forces F-35 Lightning II fighter planes.

The company is delivering F-35 EOTS under low-rate initial production contracts with a total of 367 systems ordered to date. Planned production quantities for the F-35 exceed 3,000 aircraft with deliveries through 2030.

The company said its F-35 EOTS is the first sensor to combine forward-looking IR and IR search-and-track functionality to provide F-35 pilots with precise air-to-air and air-to-ground targeting capability. EOTS allows aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance and precisely deliver laser- and GPS-guided weapons while maintaining a stealthy profile.

The F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter plane, combining advanced stealth with high speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps and a variety of fighters for at least 10 other countries.

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Mar 2016
1. The branch of physics that deals with the use of electrical energy to create or manipulate light waves, generally by changing the refractive index of a light-propagating material; 2. Collectively, the devices used to affect the intersection of electrical energy and light. Compare with optoelectronics.
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