Military Embedded Systems

More military rescue radios ordered by Air Force


January 21, 2015

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. The U.S. Air Force ordered another 336 Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) radios from Boeing, who will also upgrade the system’s global base station network.

U.S. military personnel use the global CSEL communication system to help rescue downed pilots and other warfighters in danger. A user transmits position, location, and situational information through line-of-sight two-way voice and data, beacon, or over-the-horizon communication paths.

The new radios will be the latest configuration, which has non-GPS beacon and secure texting capabilities. Base station upgrades will enhance hardware and software to improve communication speeds and provide more network and information protection.

The new orders have a combined total value of about $9.7 million.

For more information on CSEL and Boeing’s other C4ISR capabilities, visit


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