Landing guidance with pinpoint accuracy

Supported by a team of Collins Aerospace employees, the eJPALS deployment provided an opportunity for the Marines to demonstrate the system’s expeditionary capabilities with the F-35B.

Advanced technology and development of landing systems

Collins Aerospace created the framework for the JPALS program, and in 2008, partnered with the U.S Navy to begin developing the technology to enhance aircraft landing systems. The program is currently in production to outfit all aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships for the Naval Services.

In the summer of 2018, U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs deployed aboard the USS Wasp using JPALS to guide them onto the deck. JPALS is also installed on the USAF land-based F-35A and USN/USMC carrier-based F-35C.  The MQ-25A multi-mission unmanned vehicle, also known as the Stingray, will be JPALS equipped and will provide inflight refueling, enabling aircraft to extend their ranges.

JPALS for the future

Collins believes all military services, including international customers, could benefit from using JPALS to support expeditionary operations. Building on the JPALS program, expeditionary JPALS (eJPALS) provides a rapid deployable, differential GPS based alternative to expeditionary operations in all conditions. The system enhances operations in harsh environments, giving aircraft precision landing capability in challenging terrain conditions.

Former airmen discuss advanced technology like the expeditionary Joint Precision Approach and Landing System which enables a pilot to land in austere environments.

  • Coverage
  • Accuracy
  • Rapid deployment
  • Versatility

The ground system utilizes a secure, discrete data link only received by JPALS equipped aircraft.

Coverage Accuracy Rapid deployment Versatility