Raytheon Updates Missile, Radar Offerings for F-35 Aircraft

Jeff Brody

Raytheon has updated some of its air defense, navigation and landing systems in an effort to address the U.S. military’s emerging needs. The company said Monday that it has modernized radar technologies like the active electronically scanned array system to support smart weapons which will be used on F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, F-15E Strike Eagle and F-35 aircraft by 2023.

Other Raytheon-built systems certified for use on the F-35 include the radar-guided AMRAAM air-to-air missile, which is designed for missions in all weather conditions. The company has conducted over 4,700 firing tests for the missile.

In addition, Raytheon made updates to its Expeditionary Joint Precision Approach and Landing System, which uses GPS technology to help aircrews navigate and operate from difficult environments.

According to U.S. Air Force Col. JW Watkins, JPALS can be used to support emergency response efforts and help personnel deliver necessities such as food, water and medicine.

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