Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has awarded Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) a potential six-year, $67 million contract to develop, test and produce communication and navigation subsystems for the U.S. Navy’s Joint Precision Approach and Landing System.
The contract with Raytheon also covers systems engineering and logistics services in support of the JPALS program, Rockwell Collins said Thursday.
The contract award comes a month after Raytheon received a potential six-year, $255 million contract from the Navy to design, build and test JPALS.
JPALS works to provide surveillance and navigation guidance to fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft pilots to facilitate landing on aircraft carriers through the use of a GPS platform and a two-way data link.
Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager for communication, navigation and electronic warfare solutions at Rockwell Collins, said JPALS would help the service branch focus training efforts on combat and extend the life of carrier-based planes.
F/A-18C Hornet fighter jets equipped with JPALS performed over 60 touch-and-go landing operations onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier during flight trials.