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This article first appeared in the December, 2015 issue of Aerospace & Defense Technology Magazine.

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IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. will continue production of components for Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS).

The Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) is the world's first sensor that combines forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and infrared search and track (IRST) functionality. The high-performance, lightweight, multi-function system provides precision air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting capability in a single package. Through EOTS, pilots have access to high-resolution imagery, automatic tracking, IRST, laser designation and range-finding, and laser spot tracking at greatly increased standoff ranges. The lowdrag, stealthy EOTS is integrated into the F-35 Lightning II's fuselage with a durable sapphire window and is linked to the aircraft's integrated central computer through a high-speed fiber-optic interface.

The EOTS azimuth gimbal housing is manufactured using Beralcast®, IBC Advanced Alloys Corporation’s proprietary beryllium-aluminum casting alloy. The targeting system, produced by Lockheed Martin, is integrated on all F-35 variants. IBC will deliver near-net-shape castings directly to Lockheed Martin, which will then separately contract the finishing and final machining processes. To ensure continued production, Lockheed Martin has agreed to a long-lead-time procurement provision for essential materials.

The F-35 Lightning II, a 5th generation fighter, combines advanced low-observable stealth technology with fighter 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.

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