Lockheed Martin awarded $100M for F-35 Next Generation Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System


Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $98,948,397 cost-plus-fixed-fee order  against a previously issued basic ordering agreement. This order provides for the integration of the Next Generation Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture System into all variants of the F-35 aircraft in support of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and non-Department of Defense (DOD) participants.


Lockheed awarded 100M for F 35 Next Generation Electro Optical Distributed Aperture System Lockheed Martin has selected Raytheon in 2018 to develop and deliver the next-generation Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 fighter jet (Picture source: Lockheed Martin )


The F-35’s Distributed Aperture System collects and sends high resolution, real-time imagery to the pilot’s helmet from six infrared cameras mounted around the aircraft, allowing pilots to see the environment around them – day or night. With the ability to detect and track threats from any angle, the F-35 DAS gives pilots unprecedented situational awareness of the battlespace.

Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in July 2022. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy), fiscal 2019 aircraft procurement (Air Force) and non-DOD participant funds in the amount of $98,948,397 will be obligated at time of award, $40,665,812 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This order combines purchases for the Navy ($40,665,812; 41%), Air Force ($40,665,812; 41%) and non-DOD participants ($17,616,773; 18%). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. Awarded Dec. 30, 2019.


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