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Type Approval Received For Aircrew Location Beacon

Digital Angel : 01 September, 2010  (New Product)
Spanish armed forces place order for Sarbe aircrew personal locator beacons after Digital Angel receives type approval on the product
Digital Angel has announced that its Sarbe division has received full COSPAS-SARSAT type approval for its Sarbe Advanced Aircrew Personal Locator Beacon (AAPLB).

The AAPLB had previously been type approved as a special use beacon which limited its potential to the military market in which Sarbe is a market leader. Full type approval demonstrates that during testing the AAPLB achieved the highest performance levels set down by the COSPAS-SARSAT secretariat for Personal Locator Beacons. COSPAS-SARSAT is a global communications system that provides distress alert and location data to Search and Rescue (SAR) operations to assist persons in distress. The system uses satellites and ground facilities to detect and locate the signals of distress beacons operating on 406MHz.

Improvements made to the design and manufacture of the previously approved Sarbe AAPLB necessitated the new COSPAS-SARSAT type approval. Following the award of the full type approval, Sarbe finalized a contract to supply AAPLB's to the Spanish Armed Forces. Spain joins the Armed Forces of the U.K. as users of this high performance, latest generation Sarbe beacon.

"Interested customers have been monitoring developments as we prepare the AAPLB for the UK. We view this new order from Spain as a vote of a confidence and a sign of our progress," commented, Joe Grillo, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Angel. "We expect to see additional demand for the AAPLB this year, and believe that worldwide demand exists for over 15,000 units.

Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) are standard survival equipment for military aircrews, and are increasingly being used in consumer markets by boaters, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts who frequently travel outside cell phone range.
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