Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Combat Survivor Evader Locator
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: CSEL
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 57,550
Total Cost: USD$300 million
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Description: The Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) is joint services handheld radio unit operated by US forces used to recover downed pilots. It provides multi-satellite, over the horizon voice and secure data message communications and includes a military small GPS module receptor. The GPS module enables search and rescue units to locate CSEL with pinpoint accuracy. The US military joint services have evaluated CSEL far beyond deployed hand-held radio capabilities. The US military services plan to procure in excess of 40,000 CSEL radio units valued at $250 million for downed pilots search and rescue purposes. Early in February 2005, Boeing was awarded a $44 million contract to provide for CSEL full rate production fiscal year 2005, which included 5,053 hand-held radio sets, radio spares and associated equipment. Radio deliveries were scheduled to be complete by May 2007.
On March 24, 2005, Boeing announced that the initial $44 million 5,053 CSELs full rate production contract were going to be delivered to the joint services by October 2006 and the scope of the program was expanded from 40,000 radio sets to 46,000 units. Ultimately, the first production lot delivery date was delayed to January 2007. A second full rate production contract worth $22.7 million was issued to Boeing in August 2006 for 2,645 CSELs. In late March 2006 the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) cleared CSEL for operational use by joint services in the Persian Gulf region. So far there are 14 fixed position and six portable joint search and rescue centers entitled to operate with CSEL. As of March 2005 Boeing has already delivered 5,000 such radio systems. In August 2006, the number of radios delivered to the joint services was more than 8,200.
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