is the worlds first sensor to combine forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality to provide F-35 pilots with precise air-to-air and air-to-ground targeting capability.
Aluminum-beryllium materials and castings provide favorable cost/benefit advantages for technically demanding applications such as EOTS
that require a combination of ultra-light weight, high stiffness, mechanical stability and thermal properties.
This first contract is for production of OEM aircraft fitted with EOTS
systems and spares for low-rate initial production (LRIP) lots 7 and 8.
The output of EOTS is used to direct anti-aircraft guns of the vehicle.
EOTS will be manufactured by the Sensors and Communications Systems business segment of Hughes Aircraft Co.
This milestone demonstrates the growing maturity of the F-35 EOTS
production line and our preparedness to meet aggressive delivery schedules as the F-35 Lightning II program approaches full-rate production, said Jerry Arlow, F-35 EOTS
program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
This latest order for the F-35 EOTS
programme is critical to sustaining and strengthening this relationship going forward and further expands Selex ES s highly successful lasers business in Edinburgh.
The contract covers the production of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) aircraft fitted with EOTS
systems and spares for seventh and eighth low-rate initial production (LRIP) lots.