At last those NVGs in the Raptor's cockpit have finally spotted something useful on the ground.
Naturally the F-35 EOTS would not have needed UAVs to discover the target coordinates.
It sounds like the Raptor may have had more than just NVGs in its tool bag. You'd have to fly pretty low with NVGs, to positively identify some hikers. They may have made a fire, to help assist though, but it wasn't specified in the article.