JSOW weapon: The JSOW glide weapon is the Navy's newest medium-range precision strike standoff system. It's the first air-launched, network-enabled weapon to be used on fourth- and fifth-generation fighter aircraft.
Internal integration on the F-35A is underway, and external integration is planned for the F-35B. In 2019, the Navy completed operational testing to add JSOW C onto the F-35C aircraft.
Paveway bomb: Raytheon's Enhanced Paveway II bomb, a dual-mode (GPS and laser), precision-guided munition can be used against maneuvering targets.
StormBreaker smart weapon: The StormBreaker smart weapon is set for installation on all F-35 variants by 2023. The Joint Strike Fighter can carry eight StormBreaker weapons internally and eight externally, on the wings. Paired with the F-35's sensors, it will enable the aircraft to hit moving targets in adverse weather.
Raytheon's work on the F-35 includes other types of technology.
Lockheed Martin selected the company to develop the next-generation Distributed Aperture System, or DAS, for the F-35 fighter jet. The F-35’s EO/DAS collects and sends real-time, high-resolution imagery to a pilot’s helmet from six infrared cameras mounted around the aircraft.
And there's Raytheon's Joint Precision Approach Landing System, or JPALS, a military ground-based landing system. The Joint Strike Fighter will be the first to use it.
“JPALS is the landing system of the future for naval aviation and beyond,” said Mark Maselli, JPALS deputy program director at Raytheon, a business of RTX.
The JPALS system supports landings in rugged terrain and poor visibility. The system is secure and can operate despite "spoofing," or jamming that aims to disrupt its ability to receive valid data, or any data at all.
Raytheon has demonstrated JPALS's portability and effectiveness in a harsh environment to the Air Force, Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The system was used to land jets during training exercises at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.