Outsight In: F-35 Sensor Fusion in Focus

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Outsight In: F-35 Sensor Fusion in Focus

The F-35’s ability to collect, collate and share information is key to surviving and thriving against increasingly complex threats. 

Advanced sensor fusion automatically analyzes data from sensors embedded throughout the jet and merges it into relevant information for pilots.

This gives F-35 pilots an integrated, intuitive view of their surroundings that greatly enhances survivability, effectiveness and interoperability. 

Focused Feedback

“The F-35 knows what you want and increases battlespace awareness,” said U.S. Air Force F-35 pilot Maj. Christopher Jeffers.

“The F-35 can take in and share so much data across the force,” said Col. Brad Bashore, commander of the U.S. Air Force’s 388th Operations Group. “It makes every platform more lethal and survivable.” 

Suite Array 

  • Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar: The F-35’s advanced AN/APG-81 AESA radar is the most capable in the world. Long-range active and passive air-to-air and air-to-ground modes support a full range of missions. 
  • Distributed Aperture System: Six infrared cameras mounted around the aircraft collect real-time imagery displayed in the F-35’s helmet.
  • Electro Optical Targeting System: The stealthy EOTS is integrated into the F-35’s fuselage and provides extended range detection, precision targeting against ground targets and long-range detection of air-to-air threats.
  • Helmet Mounted Display: The F-35’s helmet is one of the most advanced pieces of technology on the planet. A next-generation interface gives pilots access to vast quantities of information. Virtual capabilities even enable them to see through the jet or look directly at a target.


Strength, In Numbers

Armed with the most advanced sensor suite of any fighter in history, the F-35 is redefining interoperability and allied deterrence, giving the global fleet of F-35s a considerable advantage over adversaries.

“When we can successfully integrate with allied nation F-35s, and all our jets are talking to each other and we’re seeing the same things it is impressive,” added Col. Craig Andrle, 388th Fighter Wing commander.

“One of our primary tools for deterrence is that capability to integrate and cooperate with our allies and partners.”