Boeing Wins Support Contract for Combat Survivor Evader Locator

Boeing Defense, Space and Security has been awarded a contract for the combat survivor evader locator (CSEL) contractor logistics support.

The contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located in Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Fiscal 2017 to 2024 operations and maintenance; and research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of around $13 million are being obligated at the time of award.

This firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable no-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is a sole-source acquisition.

The contract work will be performed in Huntington Beach, California, with an expected completion date of Dec. 31, 2022.

Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL)

The Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) is the next generation, survival radio/personnel locator system designed to ensure that isolated personnel are quickly and efficiently located, tracked, rescued and returned to friendly hands. It is the replacement for all Joint Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) radios for aircrew and special forces, to support survival, evasion, and personnel recovery operations.

It provides secure two-way over-the-horizon, near real time data communications, precise military Global Positioning System (GPS), and increased radio frequencies and modes of communications over existing radios.

CSEL provides Multi-Function — voice and secure data with six programmable UHF voice, Satellite Communications (SATCOM) and Low Probability of Exploitation (LPE), four fixed line-of-sight Ultra High Freguency (UHF) frequencies, one Search And Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) System unsecured data frequency, 23 pre-programmed messages, Multi-Band/Broadband — Very High Frequnecy (VHF)/UHF, and Military GPS, Selective Availability/Anti-spoofing Module (SAASM).

This system includes the hand-held radio (HHR), unattended UHF base stations (UBS) for over-the-horizon (OTH) communication and tracking, and ground support segment software for the Joint Search and Rescue Centers (JSRCs). CSEL contributes to the warfighters ability to ensure dominant maneuver of forces by extracting downed combat crews/ground teams. The combat commanders and their maneuver forces’ ability to assure rapid location and recovery of isolated personnel directly contribute to comprehensive force protection.

The HHR incorporates UHF(Ultra High Frequency)/VHF (Very High Frequency) line-of-sight (LOS) voice beacon, precise Global Positioning System (GPS), and three OTH data modes to provide worldwide communications. The OTH data modes include two-way secure data on Ultra High Frequency Satellite Communications (UHF SATCOM), one-way secure data on National Assets, and one-way non-secure data on Search and Rescue Satellite System (SARSAT) for polar coverage. The precise GPS position is included in OTH data communications. The support equipment consists of the unit-level CSEL Planning Computer, radio set adapter, and associated software that performs radio built- in-test (BIT) and loads specific mission data/crypto keys prior to a mission.

The over the horizon segment includes four UBSs, which control two-way worldwide UHF SATCOM secure data communications with multiple HHRs, interface with National Assets, interface with the civil SARSAT system and interface with multiple JSRCs using SIPRNET. The ground segment consists of the segmented software application, which receives and transmits messages from/to the HHR through the UBS. This software can currently be hosted only on SUN workstations but will ultimately run on any SUN or Hewlett Packard Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment (DII COE) workstation. This connectivity allows the command elements and search and rescue forces to locate and maintain communication with CSEL-equipped survivors.

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