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Raytheon to Deliver Aircraft Approach and Landing System to Japan

The US and Japan have awarded Raytheon Intelligence & Space an $8.6-million contract to deliver a joint precision approach and landing system (JPALS) to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

JPALS is a software-based GPS navigation and precision landing capability for naval aircraft.

Work on the project will take place in Fullerton, California, and Largo, Florida. It will include providing supplies for related repair parts, equipment, and installation services.

PEARL HARBOR (July 12, 2022) Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Izumo (DDH 183) departs Pearl Harbor, July 12, to participate in the at-sea phase as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2022. Twenty-six nations, 38 ships, three submarines, more than 170 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2022 is the 28th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Suga Tatsuya)
Japan’s JS Izumo helicopter destroyer. Photo: Petty Officer 3rd Class Suga Tatsuya/Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force

Once delivered in 2024, the JPALS capability will be integrated into the JMSDF’s lead Izumo-class helicopter carrier/multi-purpose destroyer JS Izumo.

“The urgency with which this contract was completed is a testament to our commitment to closely collaborate with our JMSDF partners, which is critical to the 2022 National Defense Strategy call to bolster robust deterrence in the INDO-PACOM [Indo-Pacific Command],” US Navy JPALS Deputy Manager Cmdr. Charles Steele stated.

Supporting Japan-US Military Cooperation

JPALS is commonly used for F-35 Lightning II fighters to secure operability and safety during approach and landing on vessels at sea in all weather scenarios.

The capability has supported F-35B flights on US Navy LH-class amphibious assault ships since 2016 and F-35C flights on the service’s aircraft carriers since 2021.

“Japan’s acquisition of JPALS significantly enhances and furthers their modernization goals, operational readiness, force projection, and PACOM [Pacific Command] interoperability operations,” US Navy International Programs Manager Casey Edinger said.

“In addition, the execution of this Japanese foreign military sale case and the subsequent award to Raytheon demonstrates US Navy and Raytheon’s dedication to supporting Japan’s commitment to joint coalition force operations and interoperability.”

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