General Dynamics expands product range with new HOOK3 combat survival radio


General Dynamics Mission Systems has expanded its product range with the introduction of its new HOOK3 combat survival radio (CSR).

The new CSR has been designed to provide direct line-of-sight voice and encrypted two-way data communications to soldiers.

Using HOOK3, combat search and rescue teams will be able to quickly and accurately locate and rescue downed pilots and isolated military personnel.

The radio can automatically activate and securely transmit location data when specific G-Force or the presence of salt water is detected by the radio, according to the company.

The HOOK3 is suitable for coalition operations and transmits encrypted GPS, user identification, situation reports and other critical information to rescue teams and aircraft in short bursts to reduce the risk of detection.

"The HOOK3 provides military personnel in emergency situations a highly reliable, easy-to-use, secure radio critical to their successful recovery."

General Dynamics Mission Systems vice-president Paul Parent said:  “General Dynamics has delivered more than 36,000 combat search and rescue radios to 36 countries over the past 30 years. These radios have helped save the lives of military personnel isolated or in harm’s way during a mission.

“The HOOK3 provides military personnel in emergency situations a highly reliable, easy-to-use, secure radio critical to their successful recovery.”

The new radio is significantly smaller and lighter than the HOOK2 radio and has a smaller, longer lasting battery.

The solution's embedded GPS module has 32 channels and enables more accurate position reporting, as well as improved performance in densely vegetated areas or near structures, General Dynamics stated.

The user-friendly transceiver is software-defined and enables new features, waveforms and software upgrades to be added as it becomes available, according to the statement.