The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon a USD255 million contract for development and production readiness of its next generation precision landing system. The JPALS (Joint Precision Approach and Landing System) uses GPS satellite navigation to provide more accurate landing guidance for manned and unmanned aircraft, replacing radar and beacons used in older systems.

This contract was announced by the U.S. Department of Defense on September 21. It includes options which, if exercised, would bring the value to USD270 million.

JPALS is tailorable to a wide range of environments including contingency operations requiring rapid deployment, or land-based airfields with curved, segmented and specialized approaches; and can integrate and modernize landing systems on legacy aircraft for joint interoperability

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