Honeywell Selected to Provide R&D Expertise for Air Force’s Joint Precision Approach and Landing System
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has been selected to provide research and development expertise for the U.S. Air Force’s land-based Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS).
Honeywell will help the Air Force develop concept and architecture solutions for precision approach and landing system technologies under a $5.2 million research and development contract. Honeywell’s team will test key elements, perform software development studies and conduct program analysis for a land-based differential global positioning system (DGPS) aimed at achieving Category II and III approach performance levels. DGPS enables precision aircraft landings by enhancing the accuracy of GPS signals.
“Adverse weather and visibility conditions make aircraft landings complex and often difficult,” said Scott Starrett, Vice President, Military Aircraft, Honeywell Defense and Space. “Our research and development expertise will reinforce Air Force efforts to develop a system that allows military aircraft to land in adverse weather conditions using a common approach and landing system.”
Honeywell’s JPALS team, which includes Sierra Nevada and Boeing, was recently bolstered by the addition of QinetiQ, a leading aerospace and defense technology research company. The team received a $4.2 million contract in March to support the U.S. Navy’s sea-based JPALS program.
The JPALS program will develop differential GPS-based systems that provide rapidly deployable, mobile, day-night, all weather precision approach and landing capability for military aircraft. It will replace various legacy approach and landing systems with a single system that will be used by all branches of the U.S. military. The system is also interoperable with Honeywell’s civil Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) currently slated for 2008 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category I approval.
“We are working to develop and certify this innovative technology to help the FAA and Department of Defense ensure timely deployment of this valuable, life-saving technology,” said Starrett. “JPALS and GBAS are critical components of both the Joint Strike Fighter and CVN-21 aircraft carrier programs as well as new civil aircraft programs including the Boeing 787 and Airbus A-380.”
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