Lockheed Martin to provide Korean F-15 jets with electro-optical systems

Lockheed Martin has received a $163.7 million order from Boeing to produce advanced electro-optical systems for F-15K fighter jets recently ordered by the Republic of Korea Air Force.

Lockheed Martin has received a $163.7 million order from Boeing to produce the advanced TIGER Eyes Sensor Suite that will provide targeting, navigation, terrain- following and Infrared Search and Track (IRST) capabilities for F-15K fighter jets recently ordered by the Republic of Korea Air Force.

The advanced electro-optical suite, an evolution of combat-proven LANTIRN and US Navy IRST technology, will enable pilots to fly and fight day or night, and in adverse weather.

In addition to the targeting pod, navigation pod and IRST system hardware, the award includes training, spares, and logistic support.

The TIGER Eyes Sensor Suite includes mid-wave staring array Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) navigation pods with terrain following radar, mid-wave staring array FLIR targeting pods with a 40,000-foot laser and Charge Couple Device (CCD) TV, and a long range IRST system.

The targeting pod design facilitates the precision delivery of air-to-ground weapons at the longer ranges of today’s precision weapons. The TV complements FLIR capability during daylight operation.

IRST, a pylon-mounted version similar to the US Navy F-14 IRST system, allows pilots to detect and assess long-range airborne threats. A passive long-wave infrared sensor system searches for and detects heat sources within its field of view.

The system reportedly gives the aircrew unprecedented on-board situational awareness while significantly enhancing the engagement range of modern high-performance weapons.

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