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US extends Raytheon JPALS programme

13th August 2015 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Raytheon’s Engineering, Manufacturing and Development contract on the Joint Precision Approach Landing Systems (JPALS) programme has been extended by the US Navy, the company announced on 12 August.

Under the $52 million contract, the company will continue analysis and testing to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's auto-land capability and integration.

JPALS uses GPS satellite to provide accurate and high-integrity guidance for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. The system is equipped with anti-jam protection to facilitate mission continuity even in hostile environments and helps perform precision landings in all environmental and weather conditions.

Brian Hickey, director, Raytheon Navigation and Landing Systems, said: ‘The JPALS programme is a collaboration between the US Navy and Raytheon. Landing a high-powered, high-speed aircraft on a moving carrier in rough seas is an exceptionally difficult task. The progress we've made is resulting in truly game changing technology for navy pilots.’

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