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Japan acquires F-35 precision landing system for aircraft carriers

Joint Precision Approach and Landing System, developed by Raytheon. Photo: Raytheon concept.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force has acquired the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System, developed by Raytheon and used by F-35 Joint Strike Fighters landing on aircraft carriers.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force has acquired the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System, developed by Raytheon and used by F-35 Joint Strike Fighters landing on aircraft carriers.

The software-based, high-integrity differential GPS navigation and precision landing system will be deployed on the JMSDF carrier JS Izumo under a recent foreign military sales contract. The JASDF has 147 F-35 Aircraft including 105 F-35A variants and up to 42 F-35B models.

The system delivers enhanced safety and increased operational capability for aircraft by guiding them onto carriers and amphibious assault ships in all weather and surface conditions.

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Raytheon Intelligence & Space, surveillance and network systems president Denis Donohue said the JPALS system is being deployed on all US Navy aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships.

“Over the past few years, we’ve been engaged with the US Navy and Japan to deliver enhanced safety and increased operational capability to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, ensuring landing accuracy every time for pilots regardless of weather conditions,” he said.

“We have so far delivered 22 systems to the US Navy on time or ahead of schedule, and we look forward to continuing that success for Japan.”

The system has also been acquired by the UK Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth and Italian aircraft carrier, ITS Cavour. All F-35 aircraft are enabled with the JPALS capability.

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