Raytheon awarded JPALS work
Raytheon will equip the US Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships with the Joint Precision Approach and Landing Systems (JPALS) under a $234 million initial low-rate production contract announced on 17 June.
JPALS is a GPS-based precision landing system that guides aircraft to precision landings in all weather and surface conditions. The company will deliver 23 units under the contract.
The US Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II has been using JPALS to guide them onto the USS Wasp amphibious assault ship during deployed operations since 2018.
Matt Gilligan, vice president of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business, said: ‘The US Navy understands how JPALS contributes to their mission success and safety of its people. Other military services could also benefit from the system's ability to safely land both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft in almost any low-visibility environment.’
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