JPALS in land-based demo
Raytheon has demonstrated the ability for a land-based version of its Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) to be rapidly set up to support landings in austere environments.
JPALS is a GPS-based precision landing system that guides aircraft to precision landings in all weather and surface conditions.
The demonstration, carried out at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, saw the system rapidly set up in 70 minutes on day one and 50 minutes on day two.
Representatives from the US, Japan, UK, the Netherlands and Italy then watched multiple F-35Cs land on the same designated runway landing point every time over the course of six different approaches.
With the system, Raytheon is offering F-35 operators fast and accurate precision landing systems that support operations from expeditionary bare-base locations.
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