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BAE Systems receives new generation beacons

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Signature Industries Limited
: 17 June, 2009  (Application Story)
Signature Industries Limited has delivered the first new generation Personal Locator Beacons to BAE Systems Flight Operations. This new device is the SARBE Advanced Aircrew Personal Locator Beacon (AAPLB) and is the same as that specified by the UK Ministry of Defence.
BAE Systems receives new generation beacons
The beacons are to be used by BAE Systems’ air crew who work within Military Air Solutions, as well as by visiting aircrew from the UK and overseas. The AAPLB will form an essential part of the standard survival equipment to be used in the event of having to abandon a stricken aircraft.

Text Box: SARBE AAPLB Hi Res image available on requestIn an emergency the AAPLB is activated to transmit a distress message containing the exact GPS co-ordinates and identity of the survivor. The distress signal is received by the Search And Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (COSPAS-SARSAT*) global satellite network which then alerts the rescue authorities.

Aircraft that the AAPLB will be carried on include Typhoon, Tornado and Hawk. BAE Systems has a long history of using SARBE Personal Locator Beacons and the AAPLB will be replacing equipment rendered obsolete due to satellite monitoring changes.

A company spokesman said, “BAE Systems has been a loyal SARBE customer for many years. We are pleased to be supplying it with the latest generation beacons that will be in service for many years to come”.

* Cosmicheskaya Sistema Poiska Avariynyh Sudov (COSPAS), Russian words which translates to - “Space System for the Search of Vessels in Distress”.
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