04 Jun 2018

Orolia awarded $34m US Army contract for Personnel Recovery devices

Orolia subsidiary, McMurdo, has been awarded a contract worth around $34 million to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD) for the US Army.

The dual-mode, MIL-SPEC Personal Locator Beacon will be integrated into the Army’s Personnel Recovery Support System (PRSS).

Capable of transmitting both open and secure signals (training-combat dual mode), the PRD will provide alerts and notification if a soldier is alone in a remote area; goes missing;is detained; or captured.

The positioning device optimises successful rescue operations for soldiers in emergency situations through secure enhanced capabilities. Designed to meet military standards and specifications, the smaller sized, lighter device will deliver improved accuracy and has greater power efficiency.

The PRD uses Orolia’s new robust PNT platform dedicated to Combat Search and Rescue (C-SAR) and other dismounted soldier-assured PNT applications.

The contract was awarded by the US Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland on behalf of the Army Air Warrior Product Management Office at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama and has an estimated completion date of 6th March 2022.

Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia, said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to have been selected by the US Army as the provider of this critical positioning.

“This award, which follows the 2016 contract from the US Coast Guard to produce 16,000 FastFind 220 personal locator beacons, is a testimony to Orolia’s world leadership in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing.”

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