The “B” variant of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet is supposed to be able to take off close to vertically and hover. Getting it to work has been problematic since the jet blast is hot enough to melt the concrete it’d be parked on, but it sure does show up spectacularly to this heavy-duty thermal imaging camera.
Seen through the AH-64 Apache’s TADS/PNVS (Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor) located on the nose of the helicopter, a flight of six of the attack choppers cruise around LA, buzzing the Hollywood sign for good measure.
While watching the latest air strike videos coming out of Syria and Iraq I noticed this unusual targeting FLIR imagery of a compound being obliterated by six nearly simultaneous precision strikes, each hitting a defined area of the complex. Targeting tags appear on the exact spots that are struck.