CSEL radio

Boeing has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide logistic support for the US Air Force’s (USAF) combat survivor evader locator (CSEL) radio systems.

The multi-year, $32.5m logistics contract calls for provision of maintenance, engineering, training and support for the system, which enables the rescue of downed pilots and other soldiers in dangerous environments.

Boeing CSEL programme manager Steve Capps said the first-ever multi-year CSEL support contract will enable the company to provide reliable, long-term service for the essential system.

"This agreement also eliminates our annual proposal costs for the next three years and helps maintain a more stable employment base over the life of the contract," Capps said.

Dubbed the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Program of Record for Joint Search and Rescue, the CSEL is a fully qualified, next-generation survival radio system designed to support survival, evasion and isolated personnel (IP) recovery missions in near real-time, anywhere in the world.

"The first-ever multi-year CSEL support contract will enable the company to provide long-term service for the essential system."

Comprising hand-held radios, over-the-horizon satellite relays and four global base stations, the multifunction system simplifies rescue operations by delivering accurate geo-positioning information and secure line-of-sight, two-way data communications capabilities to the joint personnel recovery centres (JPRC) and recovery forces.

Having delivered more than 54,600 hand-held radios to date to four branches of the US DoD, including the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy, Boeing is also under contract to provide an additional 2,550 systems in the future.

Support services under the contract are scheduled to be provided over the next four years.

Image: A combat survivor evader locater radio being used to communicate with a US Army AH-64 Apache helicopter in Germany. Photo: courtesy of USAF Senior Airman Natasha Stannard.

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