Rockwell awarded JPALS subcontract
Navigation and communication subsystems for the US Navy’s next-generation Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) will be supplied by Rockwell Collins. The company announced a $67 million, six-year contract from Raytheon for work on the programme on 20 October.
Rockwell Collins will design, develop, test and produce subsystems for navigation and communication systems, and provide systems engineering support, as well as integrated logistics.
JPALS is a ship-based precision approach and landing system designed to support all-weather carrier-based operations. JPALS uses GPS technology and a secure two-way data link to provide surveillance, ship relative navigation and precision approach landing in and around the carrier controlled airspace.
Raytheon was awarded the contract to complete development of JPALS earlier this month.
Rockwell Collins has been a major supplier to this programme since it began in 2008. This latest contract phase will help the JPALS programme complete development and prepare for production of the navy’s current and future fleet, including the F-35.
Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager for communication, navigation and electronic warfare solutions at Rockwell Collins, said: ‘The JPALS system provides a new level of safety for carrier-based pilots that will help them accomplish their challenging missions. The accuracy provided by the system — supported by our datalink and GPS subsystems — was proven during carrier trials using combat aircraft.’
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