Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles [music] >> Narrator: The Northrop Grumman F-35 electro-optical distributed aperture system The cornerstone of a fifth generation fighter capability Provides missile detection and tracking Launch point detection Situational awareness IRST and cueing Weapons support and Day-night navigation [Computer sounds] The revolutionary AN/AAQ-37 electro-optical distributed aperture system or DAS is composed of six infrared sensors situated around the aircraft The advanced IR sensors provide long-range detections and near 20/20 visual acuity Day or night The result is spherical sensor coverage around the aircraft The six sensors have an extremely fast update rate and are digitally fused to virtually eliminate seams and perform multiple functions in every direction at all times [music] Surface-to-air missiles can no longer hide The DAS instantaneously detects SAM and MANPAD launchers Predicts the missile's target Alerts the pilot And allows time for a choice of countermeasures With DAS, a counterattack is possible well before the target can hide [explosion] Triple A, artillery, and tactical ballistic missiles can also be detected Integrating this into the mission computer will enable the EOTS and AESA radar to image and ID the target Allowing an immediate counterattack to a hostile act [music] [explosion] [music] Situational awareness IRST is also a key function of the DAS DAS detects and tracks incoming aircraft from any angle, reducing the potential for mid-air collision [Jet sounds] Even with a tactical radar warning receiver, pilots can still be surprised during non-radar or visual intercepts. The DAS detects and tracks threats 360 degrees around the aircraft, virtually eliminating surprises. With DAS and a high, off-boresite weapon, the F-35 can actually have a kinematic advantage over a pursuing aircraft. The enemy can either break off the attack, try to defeat the inbound missile or suffer the consequences. DAS maintains continuous track and identity of wingmen and other in-range aircraft During close-in engagements, automatic identification systems are practically useless and identities of similar-looking aircraft are easily confused. DAS sensors allow for instant tracking and ID correlation even in dynamic in-combat manuevering With DAS, aircraft IDs are maintained, despite similar aircraft appearance or loss of visual contact by a pilot [music] In the age of high, off-boresite weapons and highly manueverable aircraft, hesitation means defeat and turning at the merge can lead to disaster. [jet sounds] [music] [missile fired] [explosions] [jet sounds] >> With DAS, instead of engaging in a classic dogfight The F-35 has the option to simply to exit the dogfight [missile fired] and lets its missiles do the turning [jet sounds] [explosions] [music] For navigation function, DAS imagery replaces bulky night-vision goggles, or NVGs, and provides better overall visual acuity DAS video imagery is projected directly onto the pilot's helmet visor is independent of cockpit lighting and protects pilots against blinding laser devices. Side-by-side video of daytime and night carrier approaches Shows that even waves are visible with the DAS. Landings in foggy and dusty conditions are also possible with DAS. DAS imagery is unaffected by cockpit illumination and urban lighting. Nighttime imagery of the city has clarity unimaginable using NVGs. And when integrated into the mission computer, DAS can provide optical visuals of multiple moving targets in every direction, simultaneously. DAS provides day and night vision spherically around the aircraft. A pilot may have good eyes, but he can't see through the floor. Unless he has DAS. [music] The revolutionary, multifunction distributed aperture system for missile defense, ground targeting, air combat and visual modes. The electro-optical distributed aperture system provides fifth generation lethality and survivability, Seeing everything, everywhere, all the time.