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Raytheon’s JPALS flies in desert demo for US military

23rd January 2019 - 08:00 GMT | by Helen Haxell in London


Raytheon’s Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) has been demonstrated to US services in Yuma, Arizona on 16 January, Shephard has learnt.

The trial flight took place on an F-35B equipped with JPALs and the system was used to show it can aid the aircraft on landing.

JPALS can guide aircraft to ground with approximately 20cm accuracy – demonstrated with a modified F/A-18 Hornet testbed aircraft during flight testing last year – which is advantageous for landing in difficult terrains or onboard ships. It can guide straight-in or circuitous approaches, and has the capacity to land up to 50 …

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