While carrier aviation has moved firmly into the digital era, the U.S. Navy continues to invest in the proven Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System. In an age of autonomous UAV aircraft carrier landings, coupled approaches and the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS), one could be forgiven for forgetting about the analog "meatball." But late last year, the latest version, the Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOLS) Phase IV (MK 13 Mod 1), was installed on ...

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