Boeing has received a $24 million order from the U.S. Air Force for handheld radios that are intended for search-and-rescue operations.
The Combat Survivor Evader Locator radio system is built to help military personnel communicate with downed pilots and isolated warfighters, Boeing said Monday.
Under the contract, Boeing will deliver 2,550 CSEL radios to the Air Force through 2015.
“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,” said Steve Capps, a program manager at Boeing.
Boeing is also updating the data security network for CSEL stations under separate contract awards.
Nearly 55,000 Boeing CSEL radios have been shipped to the U.S. military to date, the company says.