DRDO lab has started work on the development of a low-drag, stealthy Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) for the AMCA MkII that will enter production in 2035. DRDO plans inhouse development of EOTS that helps enhances pilot’s situational awareness and allows aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance and precisely deliver laser and GPS-guided weapons.

Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) will be made available in the AMCA MkII for which a separate team is working on the durable sapphire window that will be integrated into the AMCA’s fuselage that will house the forward-looking infrared and infrared search and multi-spectral sensing options, including high-resolution mid-wave infrared (IR), short-wave IR and near IR. It also comes with a larger aperture.

Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE) already has developed a 175 Kg Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) for UAV and Helicopter applications that is capable of tracking targets like UAVs and Drones at a range of 5 Km. EOTS for the AMCA MkII will have the ability to detect and track ballistic missiles to ranges exceeding 500-1000km and will also require to demonstrate the ability to detect and track multiple small suborbital rockets simultaneously in flight.

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