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TheAN/AAQ37electroopticalDistributedApertureSystem(DAS)isthefirstofanewgenerationof
sensorsystemsbeingfieldedontheLockheedMartinF35LightningIIJointStrikeFighter.DASconsistsofsix
highresolutionInfraredsensorsmountedaroundtheF35airframeinsuchawayastoprovideunobstructed
spherical(4steradian)coverageandfunctionsaroundtheaircraftwithoutanypilotinputoraimingrequired.[1]
TheDASprovidesthreebasiccategoriesoffunctionsineverydirectionsimultaneously:[2]
Missiledetectionandtracking(includinglaunchpointdetectionandcountermeasurecueing)[3]
Aircraftdetectionandtracking(SituationalawarenessIRST&airtoairweaponscueing)
Imageryforcockpitdisplaysandpilotnightvision(imagerydisplayedontothehelmetmounteddisplay)
TheF35'sDASwasflowninmilitaryoperationalexercisesin2011[4]andhasalsodemonstratedtheabilityto
detectandtrackballisticmissilestorangesexceeding800miles(1300kilometers)[5]andhasalsodemonstrated
theabilitytodetectandtrackmultiplesmallsuborbitalrocketssimultaneouslyinflight[6]TheAN/AAQ37DAS
isdesignedandproducedbyNorthropGrummanElectronicSystems.Thecurrentsensorsusedinthesystem
mayhaveinsufficientnightacuityforpilotsusedtoflyingwithnightvisiongoggles(NVG),andaretherefore
augmentedbyanembeddedNVGcamerainthehelmet.[7]ADAStestsystemhasalsobeenusedtotracktank
gunfiring,butthisis"notanF35requirement".[8]

OtherDASApplications
NorthropGrumman'sSilentWatchEO/DASisamaritimesystemthatalsoprovidesa360fieldofview.[9]

References
1. Carey,Bill."GameChangingEODASNearsActiononJointStrikeFighter"
(http://www.aviationtoday.com/av/military/IndustryScan_24687.html).AvionicsMagazine.Retrieved8March
2012.
2. "NorthropGrummanF35DAS"
(http://www.northropgrumman.com/Capabilities/ANAAQ37F35/Pages/default.aspx).NorthropGrumman.
Retrieved2May2013.
3. "F35DASVideo"(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1NrFZddihQ).NorthropGrumman.Retrieved2May
2013.
4. Saiki,Lt.Col.Tracey."ContinuedtestingofF35JSFsensorsasuccessatNorthernEdge2011"
(http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123261835).NorthernEdgeJointInformationBureau.Retrieved
8March2012.
5. "DistributedApertureSystemTracksBallisticMissilesfrom1,300kmAway"(http://defense
update.com/features/2010/november/02112010_das_missile_track.html).DefenseUpdate.Retrieved8March
2012.
6. "AirborneSensorsTrackedNASASuborbitalRockets"(http://www.spacenews.com/military/120626sensors
tracksoundingrockets.html).DefenseUpdate.Retrieved8March2012.
7. Ewing,Philip."LockheedscomprehensiveQ&AontheF35."
(http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/06/19/lockheedscomprehensiveqaonthef35/)DoDBuzz,June19th,2012.
8. "F35deviceshowsnewcapabilities."(http://www.upi.com/Business_News/SecurityIndustry/2013/02/11/F
35deviceshowsnewcapabilities/UPI45871360610033/)

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9. "SilentWatchEO/DAS"(http://www.es.northropgrumman.com/solutions/silentwatch/index.html).Northrop
Grumman.Retrieved17April2012.

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