Lockheed produces 100th F-35 targeting system

July 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin says it has produced and delivered its 100th infrared targeting system for the F-35 Lightning II fighter.

The Electro-Optical Targeting System combines forward-looking infrared, infrared search and tracking functions for air-to-air and air-to-ground targeting for its laser-guided and global positioning system-guided weapons, and also provides pilots with overall situation awareness.

"F-35 pilots can use the imagery to determine exactly where to strike while staying out of harm's way," said Ken Fuhr, director of fixed wing programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "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 100th EOTS was manufactured by company facilities in Florida and California under a seventh low-production contract.

More than 3,000 units will be made by the company through 2030.

The F-35 Lightning II, a fifth-generation fighter, is being produced in three variants

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