US Navy extends JPALS contract with Raytheon

13 August 2015 (Last Updated August 13th, 2015 18:30)

Raytheon has received an extension to its engineering and manufacturing development contract with the US Navy on the joint precision approach landing systems (JPALS) programme.

Raytheon has received an extension to its engineering and manufacturing development contract with the US Navy on the joint precision approach landing systems (JPALS) programme.

Valued at $52m, the new development will allow Raytheon to continue testing and analysis in support of auto-land capability and integration of the F-35 joint strike fighter.

Raytheon Navigation and Landing Systems director Brian Hickey 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."

"The progress we've made is resulting in truly game changing technology for navy pilots."

The JPALS programme is designed to work with the GPS satellite navigation system in order to deliver accurate, reliable and high-integrity guidance for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.

It offers anti-jam protection to ensure mission continuity in difficult environments and also supports precision landings in all weather and environmental conditions.

The system enables the aircraft to land on any suitable land or sea-based surface, while reducing the impact to airfield operations due to a low ceiling or poor visibility.

This capability is expected to support the US forces to carry out assigned conventional and special operations missions from fixed-base, tactical, shipboard, and austere environments, under a wide range of meteorological and terrain conditions.