Raytheon Technologies has completed delivery of 23 Joint Precision Approach and Landing Systems (JPALS) to the US Navy. 

The JPALS system is a software-based GPS navigation and precision approach landing system that guides aircraft onto carriers and amphibious assault ships regardless of sea state or weather conditions, bolstering safety and operational capability.

The JPALS system is integrated into the F-35 and was recently sold to the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force. It is deployed on all US Navy aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships, as well as all F-35 aircraft. 

In addition, JPALS is deployed on two international platforms: the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Italian aircraft carrier ITS Cavour, to support their F-35 squadrons. JPALS is expected to be deployed on the JMSDF’S Izumo in 2024.

The delivery of 23 JPALS systems was executed in Fullerton, California, and Largo, Florida. It uses a GPS to locate aircraft within centimetres of their intended landing spot. The system also provides pilots with real-time data and visuals to guide them to a safe landing.

The JPALS system has become a critical part of the US Navy’s aviation operations, providing safety and operational capabilities. Its integration into the F-35 has enhanced the aircraft’s ability to operate in challenging environments. 

The recent sale to the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force is a testament to the system’s effectiveness and reliability.

“Since contract award in 2019, our team has worked closely with Naval Air Systems Command to outfit the fleet’s carriers and ships with JPALS to ensure pilots can land safely and successfully anywhere in the world,” said Mark Maselli, Raytheon Technologies‘ JPALS programme manager. 

“Their mission became our mission, and our team committed to ensure every single system was delivered to the customer on time or ahead of schedule.” Awarded in 2019, the contract’s value was $234m for Raytheon’s Joint Precision Approach Landing Systems.