The JSF's EOTS will be obsolete at IOC.
The EOTS is already out-of-date. One of the F-35's "killer apps" is its Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS). It is a great idea in theory: Instead of hanging a bulky targeting pod off of the aircraft, the JSF basically has one built in to the airframe. This way, the F-35 keeps its stealthy profile and frees up weapon stations. It really would be a rather elegant piece of engineering... If targeting pods never evolved. The JSF's EOTS is based on Lockheed Martin's own Sniper Advanced Targeting pod . It is a great piece of kit and it is currently in use on Canada's own CF-18s in the form of the Sniper XR. This is the very same version from which the EOTS is based on. Sniper XR mounted on a CF-18 There is just one small problem. The Sniper XR first entered service in 2006 and has already been outclassed. Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin's own Sniper ATP-SE entered service with the USAF . This newer version not only has better s