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Orolia awarded $34m US Army PRD contract

Posted 31 May 2018 · Add Comment

Orolia has announced that its subsidiary McMurdo Inc. was awarded a $33,986,800 contract to manufacture Personnel Recovery Devices (PRD) for the US Army.



Their dual-mode, MIL-SPEC Personal Locator Beacon that 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
  • is captured

The positioning device will optimise successful rescue operations for soldiers in emergency situations through secure enhanced capabilities. Designed to meet military standards and specifications, it benefits from:

  • improved accuracy
  • smaller size
  • lower weight and power (SWaP) requirements

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

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

“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”, he added.

The Personnel Recovery Support System Personnel Recovery Device 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 with an estimated completion date of 6th March 2022.

Orolia provides Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions that improve the reliability, performance and safety of critical, remote or high-risk operations. With expertise in government, maritime, aviation and enterprise sectors, Orolia provides virtually fail-safe GPS/GNSS and PNT products and solutions for the most mission-critical requirements. Orolia’s European headquarters is in France, with a commercial presence in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Orolia Ltd is based in Portsmouth, UK.

 

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