Raytheon to develop precision aircraft landing system

Engineers at the Raytheon Co. in Lexington, Mass., are developing the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) under terms of a $5.8 million U.S. Air Force contract. JPALS is the future multi-service, low-visibility landing system for fixed-base, tactical, and shipboard applications. JPALS is a military variant of the Local Area Augmentation System civil landing system technology . Military and civil versions of this technology augment the basic Global Positioning System signal for pr

Aug 1st, 1999

Engineers at the Raytheon Co. in Lexington, Mass., are developing the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) under terms of a $5.8 million U.S. Air Force contract. JPALS is the future multi-service, low-visibility landing system for fixed-base, tactical, and shipboard applications. JPALS is a military variant of the Local Area Augmentation System civil landing system technology . Military and civil versions of this technology augment the basic Global Positioning System signal for precise landing guidance in a format already familiar to pilots. Raytheon experts will develop the systems architecture, validate standards, and build and test prototype ground and avionics systems. Leading the work is Raytheon Systems Company`s Integrated Systems Division ATC group in Salt Lake City. Raytheon facilities in El Segundo and Fullerton, Calif., Marlboro, Mass., and Harlow, United Kingdom, are participating. — J.K.

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