Rockwell wins $13 million contract for downed pilot radio communication and location system; production options could increase total value to $67 million.ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 4, 1996--Rockwell has won a $13 million contract to provide a secure, worldwide communication and location system that would be used for search and rescue of downed pilots in a combat environment.
The Combat Survivor Evader Locator, or CSEL CSEL Cable Select (IDE hard drive jumper setting)
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CSEL Consolidated Support Equipment List , is a lightweight, low-power, over-the-horizon radio using an integrated Global Positioning System Global Positioning System: see navigation satellite.
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Precise satellite-based navigation and location system originally developed for U.S. military use. , (GPS) receiver.
The initial 18-month contract, which was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Center (AF SMC SMC Saint Mary's College
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"We are proud to offer a rugged, handheld secure survival communication and location system that could help save the lives of our service men and women," said Robert D. Paster, president of Rockwell's Autonetics and Missile Systems Division (A&MSD (MicroSoft Diagnostics) A utility that accompanied Windows 3.1 and DOS 6 that reported on the internal configuration of the PC. A variety of information on disks, video, drivers, IRQs and port addresses was provided. ), Anaheim, Calif. A&MSD's Advanced Technology Programs business segment is developing the system and leading the Rockwell CSEL team.
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Other Rockwell divisions on the CSEL team are Collins Avionics & Communications Division, based in Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids, city (1990 pop. 108,751), seat of Linn co., E central Iowa, on the Cedar River; inc. as a city 1856. The second largest city in Iowa, it is named for the surging rapids in the river. , Iowa, and the Communication Systems Division, with headquarters in Dallas.
Collins Avionics & Communications Division will perform the high-rate low-cost production of the handheld CSEL units at its Coralville, Iowa, plant (about 20 miles south of Cedar Rapids). Communication Systems Division will provide C4I C4I Command, Control, Communications, Computers, & Intelligence (US DoD)
C4I Command Control Communications Computer and Intelligence message switching software expertise.
Another team member is RACAL Communications Inc. of Rockville, Md., which is developing and producing the combined Satcom/line-of-sight voice radio module. Rockwell's Collins Avionics & Communications Division and Allen Osborne Associates of Westlake Village, Calif., have parallel efforts in the development of an improved encrypted GPS module for the CSEL Program.
Mobile DataCom of Clarksburg, Md., is providing architectural studies to utilize commercial Satcom services for future potential CSEL applications.
Autonetics and Missile Systems Division, a Rockwell defense electronics business, is a recognized leader in its addressed markets of precision and low-cost guidance, navigation and control (GN&C), marine system products, tactical weapons systems, as well as sensors and acquisition systems for the global defense and commercial markets.
Rockwell is a diversified, high-technology company holding leadership market positions in automation, avionics, semiconductor systems, aerospace, defense electronics, and automotive component systems with annual worldwide sales of $13 billion.
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