McMurdo Awarded U.S. Army Contract to Design a Personnel Recovery Device

Device will Enhance Soldier Search and Rescue Efforts

LANHAM, Md. - McMurdo, Inc., the most trusted name in emergency readiness and response and part of Orolia Group, announced today that it was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to provide working prototypes of a custom personnel recovery device (PRD). As a militarized personal locator beacon (PLB), the PRD will be a component of the Army's Personnel Recovery Support System (PRSS), to alert and notify if a soldier has become isolated, missing, detained or captured.

Under the contract, McMurdo will deliver a PRD that meets specific requirements established by the Army. The device will be outfitted with a dual-mode capability for training and for providing operational distress signals.

"The Army recognized a need to complement its PRSS with a dual mode, easy-to-use distress beacon to provide initial report/locate functionality, even in remote locations," said Mark Cianciolo, general manager of McMurdo's aerospace, defense and government programs. "We look forward to providing a PRD that reflects our 34-year legacy of delivering search and rescue PLBs."

In August 2016, McMurdo announced a contract to deliver 16,000 FastFind® 220 PLBs to the U.S. Coast Guard.

About McMurdo

McMurdo ( is a global leader in emergency readiness and response, with the only end-to-end solutions for search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness. Fully half of the world's SAR satellite ground infrastructure have been installed by McMurdo, and McMurdo has manufactured 25 percent of the world's 500,000 registered beacons. Hundreds of customers around the world—including NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and others in the aerospace, defense and government sectors—have trusted McMurdo to prevent emergencies, protect assets and save more than 40,000 lives since 1982.

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