21 is the next generation of Lockheed Martin s legacy IRST
sensor system, which accumulated more than 300,000 flight hours on the U.
Air Force and ANG programs, this test demonstrated the SpectIR IRST
system's ability to provide warfighters with increased situational awareness, survivability and target engagement in stressing electronic attack environments," said Paul Hey, SpectIR senior program manager in Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business.
Lockheed Martin's IRST
sensor system improves aircrews' situational awareness, lethality and survivability, even in threat-intensive environments.
In air-to-air engagements, IRST
provides a discriminating capability to counter threats at greater standoff distances enhancing survivability," said Paul Hey, IRST
senior program manager in Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control business.
sensors together comprise the ABL's wide-area surveillance subsystem and are to maintain 360-degree surveillance over hundreds of miles from the aircraft while on mission.
Lockheed Martin will provide the IRST
and the BC/FC systems for Team ABL, one of two contractor teams currently competing for the PDRR phase of the ABL program.
This was followed in 2010 by the selection of the Skyward-G IRST
sensor and the IFF system.
technology also could be applied to the Navy A-X and the service's current inventory of F-14 and F-18 fighters, as well as the Air Force's F-15.
The first flight in the Gripen E test aircraft with IRST
has been performed with very good results.
Combined with the Super Hornet's advanced radar and the Growler's electronic attack radar jamming ability, IRST
will allow the fleet to dominate the skies in all threat environments.
is a passive sensor system used by international F-15 customers.
Since 1996, Lockheed Martin has provided the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with its most advanced sensor systems, including Sniper ATP, LANTIRN ER and IRST
," said Paul Lemmo, vice president of fire control/SOF CLSS at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.