US extends Raytheon JPALS programme
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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