Lockheed Martin has awarded LightWorks Optical Systems a contract worth more than $15 million to produce optical assemblies for the F-15 plane’s infrared search and track sensor system.
Lightworks has supplied IR focus technology to Lockheed for the F-15 fighter jet since 2002 and has booked more than $42 million in deals under the U.S. foreign military sales program, LightWorks said Wednesday.
The latest contract contains an option for 80 additional optical assemblies.
Andrew Riser, LightWorks general manager, said the company aims to make a durable coating for the aircraft’s dome and extend the IRST’s optic life cycle.
Lockheed designed the sensor for military users to detect and track IR radiation-emitting objects coming from enemies.
The system is also meant to work as a substitute for radar-based search and track functions, LightWorks says.