Boeing (NYSE: BA) will supply the U.S. Air Force with additional Combat Survivor Evader Locator radios and modernize the communication system’s global base station network under a new contract worth $9.7 million.
The company said Thursday it received an order for 336 CSEL radios as well as speed and security upgrades to support communications during combat search-and-rescue missions.
“CSEL radios save lives, so we are honored to support the United States military with this continued production, ” said Steve Capps, Boeing CSEL program manager.
According to Boeing, it has provided more than 50, 000 CSEL radios to the Defense Department and other government agencies.
The CSEL system supports the transmission of situational, position and location information from downed pilots and features secure texting and non-GPS beacon functions.