HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 4 Feb. 2014. Boeing [NYSE:BA] will deliver an additional 2,550 Combat Survivor Evader Locator radios, helpful in the rescue of downed pilots and warfighters in dangerous situations, to the U.S. Air Force under a new $24 million contract.
"Wherever they fight, our forces can depend on CSEL for secure satellite communications, line-of-sight voice connectivity, global position and navigation information, and beacon functions," explains Steve Capps, Boeing CSEL program manager. "CSEL radios have proven themselves to be instrumental in helping locate isolated personnel and getting them out of danger."
CSEL is used by the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy for search-and-rescue operations. The global emergency call system is designed to enable the safe, fast, and efficient recovery of people in harm's way, and it consists of handheld radios, over-the-horizon relays, and other ground and user equipment.
The new deliveries are scheduled for 2014 and 2015. Boeing also received separate contracts to enhance the capabilities and information security of the global CSEL base-station network.
Boeing has delivered some 55,000 CSEL radios to date.
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