Raytheon Technologies [RTX] delivered the first Low-Rate Initial production (LRIP) Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) units months ahead of schedule, the company said during a quarterly earnings call on Jan. 25.
“Through strong program execution in [Raytheon Intelligence and Space], the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System program completed delivery on the first LRIP units 60 days ahead of schedule. This achievement has given the Navy the confidence to certify JPALS on the CVN carrier and two amphibious ship classes,” Greg Hayes, Raytheon chairman and CEO, said.
JPALS is a GPS-based precision landing system that integrated shipboard air traffic control and landing system architecture to guide aircraft to the carrier and amphibious assault ship. It includes anti-jam protection so the forces can operate in electronic warfare environments.
The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) received the initial JPALS production unit in 2020 about a month ahead of schedule as the first of 23 planned initial LRIP JPALS units being delivered through fall 2023 (Defense Daily, June 9, 2020).
At the time, the Navy said JAPLS initial operating capability is scheduled for 2024, with full operational capability expected in 2030.
The Navy first awarded Raytheon Technologies a $235 million contract for the first 23 JPALS units in 2019 (Defense Daily, May 24, 2019).
Hayes also noted the Raytheon Missile and Defense business unit “successfully completed the initial integration of the SPY-6 radar and the USS Jack H. Lucas [DDG-125] in the quarter.”
“This is the first time power was simultaneously applied to the entire radar system, completing a critical milestone for integration of the ship, its combat system and the SPY-6 radar,” he continued.
The SPY-6 radar was the primary driver for the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer needing modifications to the hull, making it larger to accommodate the radar size, power, and cooling requirements.