Rita Flaherty: Lockheed Builds F-35, Apache Aircraft Sensors in Orlando, Fla.

Rita Flaherty

Rita Flaherty, vice president of business development at Lockheed Martin, has said the company’s missiles and fire control business has designed and developed at least 11,000 sensor platforms through its Orlando, Fla.-based facility in support of military intelligence and surveillance missions, Orlando Business Journal reported Thursday.

Those platforms include the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor and the Electro-Optical Targeting System.

Flaherty said EOTS works as an imaging sensor that helps F-35 fighter pilots carry out reconnaissance missions and deliver GPS- and laser-guided weapons, while the M-TADS/PNVS system is built to provide Apache helicopter aviators with long-range detection capability during night, day and adverse weather conditions.

Other sensors and technology platforms that Lockheed made in Orlando include the IRST21 infrared search and track system, Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod, Legion Pod, Onyx exoskeleton and F-35 flight simulators.

Jon Rambeau, vice president and general manager of C6ISR at Lockheed, said the defense contractor’s cybersecurity workforce in Orlando increased by 400 percent since 2013 and noted that the company explores ways to integrate machine learning and artificial intelligence into its cyber defense systems.

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