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Boeing to Upgrade AF Search-and-Rescue Radios; Steve Capps Comments

BoeingLogoBoeing has won a set of contracts worth $13.6 million to upgrade handheld radios the U.S. Air Force uses for search-and-rescue missions, the company said Friday.

The company is also updating Combat Survivor Evader Locator stations operating on ultra high frequency spectrum, intending to meet information assurance standards and protect networks from external intrusion.

Steve Capps, Boeing program manager for CSEL, said the military has used the CSEL radio to rescue downed pilots and combat forces.

Boeing said it has provided the U.S. military more than 54,400 CSEL radios to date.

Air Force Lt. Matthew Renner, a former CSEL test engineer, said the Air Force wanted to acquire another option to help isolated personnel get home.

CSEL radios transmit GPS location and identification information to rescue centers when activated, Boeing says.

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