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$3m USCG PLB deal for McMurdo

McMurdo has been awarded a US$3 million contract with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) for the supply of to 16,000 FastFind 220 personal locator beacons (PLBs) over the next five years.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The deal is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a base year and four one-year options.

“For 226 years, the US Coast Guard has protected America’s waterways, defended its borders and saved those in peril,” said Mark Cianciolo, general manager of McMurdo’s aerospace, defence and government programmes.

“This award is a major validation of the products and technologies that fortify McMurdo’s position as the global leader in emergency readiness and response. We are honoured to provide a solution that enhances the safety of crew members who risk their lives daily.”

The FastFind 220 is used to notify emergency personnel during a land, air or water emergency in remote or high-risk environments using the 406MHz frequency.

Once activated, the PLB transmits a distress signal containing unique beacon identification information and location data via the international search and rescue satellite system operated by Cospas-Sarsat. The signal is then passed to regional search and rescue authorities.

McMurdo says that nearly 25 per cent of the world’s emergency distress beacons and approximately 50 per cent of the Cospas-Sarsat search and rescue infrastructure globally are manufactured by the company.{/mprestriction}

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