F/A-18E/F Distributed Targeting System production kicks off

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 6, 2012. Boeing engineers have begun producing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet’s new Distributed Targeting System (DTS).

The system -- a component of the Navy F/A-18E/F Network Centric Warfare Upgrades program as well as the F/A-18E/F Flight Plan -- gives the fighter jet improved targeting capability.

According to Boeing officials DTS will improve pilot and crew as well as precision targeting while engaging air-to-ground targets. It will do this partially by using geo-registration technology, which compares and contrasts images taken from tactical with an onboard imagery database that produces target coordinates.

Initial Operational Capability for DTS scheduled for the beginning of next year.

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