AIRBORNE ELECTRO-OPTICAL AND INFRARED SYSTEMS
AAQ- 40 ELECTRO-OPTICAL TARGETING
BRIEFING: The EOTS, developed for the F- 35, will provide
detection and precision targeting of air and ground threats, as
well as surveillance and battlefield situation awareness. The
EOTS is the first sensor to combine forward-looking infrared
with search and track functionality. The sensor views through a
sapphire window in the nose of the F- 35, rather than in a rotating turret. The first low-rate initial production units were delivered in November 2009. First flight of the EOTS took place in
August 2010 on a test-bed aircraft.
CONTRACTORS:.........Lockheed Martin Corp., BAE Systems
AN/ASG- 34 (V) 1 INFRARED SEARCH
AND TRACK (IRST)
BRIEFING: The IRST is a passive infrared sensor mounted in
the forward section of a centerline fuel tank that detects and
tracks aerial targets at extended ranges. Its high angle accuracy
allows it to track closely spaced targets at maximum ranges. The
IRST system began flight testing on F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in
February 2014 and was approved for low-rate initial production
in December 2014. Deployment is planned for 2017.
CONTRACTORS:.........Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp.
ASQ-228 ADVANCED TARGETING
FORWARD-LOOKING INFRARED (ATFLIR)
BRIEFING: The ASQ-228 ATFLIR is an external targeting pod
designed for the F/A- 18. The pod features mid-wave infrared (IR)
targeting, an electro-optical sensor, laser rangefinder, target designator, laser spot tracker and a laser IR marker. ATFLIR provides the
aircrew imagery to detect, acquire, track and identify ground targets
for attack with laser-guided or Global Positioning System weapons.
An IR marker is available for identifying targets to night vision
goggle-equipped ground forces. ATFLIR video is downlinked via
the ATFLIR ROVER Data Link system and provides C-band
ATFLIR video to ground forces equipped with the ROVER system.
ATFLIR has been used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Additionally, ATFLIR video is made available for video downlink
via the ATFLIR ROVER Data Link system, which provides unen-
crypted analog C-band ATFLIR video to ground forces equipped
with the ROVER system. ATFLIR has been used extensively in Iraq
and Afghanistan. The Navy has procured 410 ATFLIR systems.
CONTRAC TOR: ...........Raytheon Co.
AAS-36A INFRARED DETECTING SET
BRIEFING: The AAS-36A Infrared Detecting Set is a turret-mounted infrared standoff system that passively detects and tracks
contacts of interest. The system, installed in P- 3 aircraft, is being
replaced by ASX- 4 and ASX- 6 electro-optical infrared systems.
CONTRAC TOR: ........... Texas Instruments
AAS- 44 THERMAL IMAGING SYSTEM
BRIEFING: The AAS- 44 is a long-range thermal imaging system
used for surveillance as well as targeting for laser-guided air-to-surface weapons from helicopters. The AAS- 44 is installed on
the HH-60H, MH-60R and MH-60S helicopters.
CONTRAC TOR: ...........Raytheon Co.
ASX- 6 MULTIMODE IMAGING SYSTEM
(MMIS) AND ASX- 4 ADVANCED
IMAGERY MULTISPECTRAL SYSTEM
BRIEFING: The ASX- 4 AIMS is a military variant of the commercial MX- 20, a 20-inch-diameter gimbaled turret housing
long-range, high-resolution digital electro-optical and infrared
sensors for maritime surveillance. It replaced the AAS- 36 on the
Aircraft Improvement Program versions of the P-3C. The MX- 20
True High Definition version is the electro-optical sensor on the
P-8A. The ASX- 6 MMIS, a 15-inch-diameter gimbaled turret
housing long-range, high-resolution digital electro-optical and
infrared sensors similar to the ASX- 4, is a military version of the
commercial MX- 15 replacing the AAS- 36 on other P-3Cs.
CONTRAC TOR: ...........L- 3 WESCAM
AAQ-22E BRITE STAR II
BRIEFING: The BRITE Star II sensor system is a 16-inch-
diameter electro-optical/infrared navigational sensor system
that includes a laser designator, laser pointer and large focal-plane array color daylight camera. Block II is replacing the
AAQ-22C Star Safire and AAQ-22D BRITE Star.
The Navy has selected BRITE Star for the MQ-8B Fire Scout
vertical-takeoff UAV. The Marine Corps uses the system on its
CONTRACTOR: ...........FLIR Systems Inc.
AAQ- 40 ELECTRO-OPTICAL TARGETING SYSTEM