Locating survivors

The US Air Force has awarded Boeing a $107m contract for an additional 15,452 Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) radios and supporting equipment.

The order covers radio set and adapter spares, rechargeable batteries and battery adapters, all to be delivered by August 2009.

‘Boeing’s CSEL is the first military end-to-end system that provides multi-satellite communications and the latest military GPS module in a small, rugged, lightweight handheld unit,’ said CSEL programme manager Mike Bates. ‘With CSEL, rescue teams can locate isolated personnel instantly. Within seconds of being grounded, a soldier has the ability to press one button and provide his or her identification and location to a UHF base station.’

CSEL also provides two-way secure data communications.

This contract brings the total number of CSEL units ordered by the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps to 31,724 units.