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Vancouver’s IBC delivers first EOTS components for F-35 fighter jet

Alloys are three times stiffer than aluminum with 22% less weight.


July 13, 2015
by PLANT Staff

Azimuth gimbal housing seen in bottom centre of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Electro Optical Targeting System (EOTS). Photo Courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corp.

Azimuth gimbal housing seen in bottom centre of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Electro Optical Targeting System (EOTS). Photo Courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corp.

WILMINGTON, Mass. — IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. has delivered the first Beralcast azimuth gimbal housing components to Lockheed Martin, which will be used in the F-35 Lightning II’s Electro Optical Targeting System (EOTS).

The EOTS adds multi-function targeting to the F-35’s full spectrum of military operations and is the first sensor to combine forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality. It provides pilots with situational awareness and air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting from a safe distance. The technology enables aircrews to identify areas of interest, perform reconnaissance and precisely deliver laser- and GPS-guided weapons.

IBC, a Vancouver-based manufacturer of rare metals based alloys for the nuclear, automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors with 80 employees at production facilities in Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Missouri, was awarded the low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract in September 2014.

The company says its Beralcast alloys suit many aerospace applications where lightweight, high modulus and cost are critical performance factors. The alloys are three times stiffer than aluminum with 22% less weight and can be substituted for aluminum, magnesium, titanium, metal matrix composites as well as pure beryllium or powder metallurgy beryllium-aluminum.

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