Nov 28, 2012
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — NAVAIR’s Joint Precision Approach and Landing Systems (JPALS) team was recognized last month as one of the Defense Department’s top five systems engineering teams during a ceremony in San Diego.
The team, part of Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213), was presented the award by the National Defense Industrial Association, Oct. 25. The award represents the recognition of significant achievement in Systems Engineering by teams of industry and government personnel.
“Each year, we recognize excellence in the application of systems engineering discipline and implementation of systems engineering best practice that result in highly successful Department of Defense programs,” said Steve Henry, National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division chairman. “The selection of the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Increment 1A Ship System program reflects highly on the collaboration and engineering efforts of the JPALS government and contractor team.”
JPALS uses GPS and two-way data links for navigation and landing approaches for carrier-based aircraft and helicopters landing in harsh weather.
“One of the best practices that won the team this award is that the JPALS program required the use of Modeling and Simulation where requirements validation via test and demonstration was impossible,” said Michael Primm, JPALS guidance quality lead, PMA-213.
“Given the importance of the M&S program to JPALS, extensive verification, validation, and accreditation was completed upfront and early to ensure a robust and accurate M&S environment was available.”
“I could not be prouder of our JPALS team,” said Capt. Darrell Lack, PMA-213’s program manager. “This first time award validates the dedicated work of PMA-213 and our industry partners,”
JPALS is a critical technology for the Navy that will allow ship and land based aircraft to safely land in all weather conditions and in conditions where enemy forces may try to jam GPS signals added Lack.
“This award represents the outstanding teaming relationship that has existed since the JPALS 1A contract was awarded in 2008” said Mr. Lee Wellons, JPALS government chief engineer.
The government JPALS 1A team with our industry partners Raytheon and Rockwell Collins not only utilized the solid systems engineering practices but also demonstrated exceptional organizational alignment and communication processes, Wellons said.
The next significant milestone for the JPALS team is reaching Milestone C in the fall of 2013. Milestone C is the decision to authorize full production and fielding of the JPALS system.
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