F-35 Lightening II does not fear Infrared Seeking Missiles
Thanks to DAS ( AN/AAQ-37)
Just the thought of an infrared seeking missile gives nightmares to pilots flying the best of aircrafts. But F-35 Lightning II has no such danger thanks to its Distributed Aperture System or DAS.
‘The Guardian’ is the name given to Directional Infrared Counter-measure System (DICM) sported by stealthy Joint Strike Fighter
It provides 360 degree protection against a wide range of missile threats
When Guardian detects a MANPADS launch, it tracks the incoming missile, then uses a laser beam to jam the missile’s guidance system, causing it to miss the aircraft. The entire automatic process occurs in 2 to 5 seconds only and needs no action on the part of pilot.
The Guardian system includes a multiband laser pointer/ tracker and an ultraviolet missile warning sensor.
The system is contained in a single pod that weighs 550 pounds and protrudes just 18 inches from the fuselage of the aircraft
So AN/AAQ-37 together with AN/APG-81 AESA radar gives Joint Strike fighter unmatched spherical situational awareness.