09 May 2018

US Army awards Orolia contract to deliver personnel recovery devices

Orolia subsidiary, McMurdo, has been awarded a $33.9 million contract to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD) for the US Army.

This PRD is a dual-mode, MIL-SPEC Personal Locator Beacon that will be integrated into the Army’s Personnel Recovery Support System (PRSS). The PRD will be capable of transmitting both open and secure signals (training-combat dual mode) to alert and notify that a soldier has become isolated, missing, detained or captured.

This positioning device will optimise a successful rescue operation for soldiers in a distress situation through secure enhanced capabilities. It has been designed to meet military standards and specifications and has improved accuracy, decreased size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements.

The Personnel Recovery Support System, Personnel Recovery Device contract was awarded by the US Army Contracting Command and has an estimated completion date of March 6, 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 device for the safety of U.S. warfighters.

“Easy to incorporate into Personnel Recovery operations, the PRD is based on Orolia’s new rugged and small PNT platform dedicated to Combat Search and Rescue (C-SAR) and other dismounted soldier Assured PNT applications.”

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