Some 54,000 units of the Combat Survivor Evader Locator device have been delivered in the US. Boeing says it is developing a version for export. (US Air Force)
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. — Boeing is developing an international model of its Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) search-and-rescue device.
The walkie-talkie sized radio system has delivered 54,000 units domestically, with another 10,000 planned in the next three years.
The company is “actively engaged” in talks with a number of potential customers, according to Paul Geery, Boeing’s vice president of C3 Solutions. Geery made his comments at a company-sponsored trip to Boeing’s Los Angeles-area facilities.
Asked who may be interested, Geery identified Brazil, South Korea, Canada, Australia and the UK. He also added that smaller markets, such as Poland, may be a good fit for the capability. The hope is to have international sales in the next two to three years.
The one hang-up to an international deal: the GPS chipset used in the CSEL requires approval for sale overseas. The company is in the process of seeking that approval.