HOOK3 Combat Survival Radio

Search and Rescue with Confidence

The HOOK3® Combat Survival Radio (CSR) provides direct, line-of-sight voice and encrypted two-way data communications that help combat search and rescue teams quickly locate and rescue downed pilots and isolated military personnel. The radio sends encrypted global positioning information, user identification and situation reports to provide rescue teams and aircraft operating in hazardous conditions with quick and accurate location information. The new HOOK3 radio is significantly smaller, lighter and has better power efficiency than previous CSAR radios, allowing a crew member to carry a single radio as opposed to multiple pieces of equipment.

  • Automatically activates when G-Force or saltwater is detected
  • Fully compatible with existing HOOK2 assets (HOOK2 radios, QuickDraw2, SATCOM Base Station)
  • Smaller, lighter and better power efficiency than previous CSAR radios
  • Supports multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Web browser administration (no Program Loader block) 
  • Option for P(Y) SAASM GPS Receiver - Radio designed to be upgradeable to M-Code receiver when available

Features

Interoperable with all HOOK2® family radios, Quickdraw2 and SATCOM Base Station in use by U.S. and international customers, the HOOK3 CSR is ideal for unilateral or coalition operations. The user-friendly CSR transceiver is software defined, meaning new features, waveforms and software upgrades can be added as they become available.

Terminal Area Communications & Terminal Area Guidance (TAC/TAG)

The new HOOK3 radio features direct, line-of-sight voice and encrypted two-way data communications between survivor and rescue forces (TAC). In addition, the radio incorporates a PLS DME transponder and beacon for terminal guidance (TAG). For assured communications with rescue personnel, the radio communicates to our plug-and-play Quickdraw2® Interrogator onboard a wide variety of rescue platforms, and can also be interrogated by the Rockwell Collins RSC 125G or Cubic PLS AN/ARS-6(V12). Because the radio automatically responds to interrogations, rescue forces can extract the survivor’s GPS coordinates from the radio without operator intervention.

Secure Information in Just One Button Press

The upgraded CSR sends encrypted global positioning data (lat/long), user identification code, text messages, and situation reports. This provides quick and accurate location and rescue information for air crews, forward air controllers, and personnel operating in hazardous conditions. A single, short encrypted burst to CSAR aircraft offers low risk of detection and interception. Two-way SATCOM and 406 SARSAT beacon modes provide a real-time, direct, over-the-horizon communications path between survivor and rescue personnel.

One Radio for Downed Aircrew Search & Rescue Response

The CSR allows a crew member to carry a single radio and satisfy Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) functions. It will auto-activate with either G-Force or salt water and transmit location data through 406 Cospas-Sarsat or the HOOK waveform. It can also be configured for 121.5 MHz or 243 MHz swept tone beacon.

Additional Features & Benefits

  • User friendly, software-defined transceiver enables waveforms and software upgrades to be added as they become available
  • Smaller size allows crew members to carry a single radio to satisfy Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) functions
  • Single, short encrypted bursts sent to CSAR aircraft significantly lowers risk or detection and interception
  • Two-way SATCOM and 406 SARSAT beacon modes provide a real-time, over-the-horizon communications path between survivor and rescue personnel
  • Configurable for 121.5 MHz or 243 MHz swept tone beacon
  • Option for P(Y) SAASM GPS Receiver - Radio designed to be upgradeable to M-Code receiver when available

Specifications

 

HOOK3 Datasheet

 

 

View Document

 

Frequency Range 121.5, 123.1 MHz; 225–320 MHz; hardware capable of 100 - 512 MHz; 406 SARSAT
Tuning increments 25 KHz steps (LOS); 5 KHz steps (SATCOM)
Frequency stability ± 1ppm
Modulation AM voice; AM swept-tone beacon; PLS DME; Transponder mode: BPSK/OOK;
HOOK mode: MSK 1200 BPS; SARSAT mode: BPSK; SATCOM mode: BPSK
Data burst Encrypted (LOS and SATCOM) includes ID, GPS Coordinates and Text Message
Operating modes Voice
Swept-tone beacon
PLS DME transponder
GPS Interrogation (LOS or SATCOM)
406 SARSAT
UHF SATCOM
Weight 24 oz. with battery
Size (with battery) 6.4 in x 2.90 in x 1.56 in
6.4 in x 2.90 in x 1.90 in with SAASM
Operational temp. –40°C to +55°C
Storage temp. –40°C to +80°C
Battery Primary and Rechargeable Batteries
Battery life SARSAT certification for 24 hours with MAI-150801

 

 

Receiver Characteristics

Sensitivity (typical) –100dBm (VHF AM Voice)
–104dBm (UHF AM Voice)
–138dBm (UHF SATCOM data)
IF selectivity (typical) <6 dB @ Fo ± 30 KHz
>50 dB @ Fo ±140 KHz
Spurious response 50 dB(typical)
Image response 40 dB min.
Audio response 500 Hz to 3500 Hz
Distortion (typical) 10 percent
Audio output (typical) 50 milliwatts

 

Transmitter Characteristics

Average power 1 Watt – UHF; capable of 5W (FM) (future)
200 mW – VHF; capable of 2W (FM) (future)
406 SARSAT 5.0W min.
UHF SATCOM 5.0W ± 2 dB
Modulation 86% AM
Harmonics ≤30 dB below carrier
Distortion 5% typical at 86% modulation

 

GPS/Navigation

GPS General Characteristics - Civilian: C/A state-of-the-art GPS Receiver, parallel L1 band only; multiple international constellations supported
- Military SAASM (opt): 12 channel, L1 and L2 bands.
Sensitivity Civilian: -145 dBm
Military: -132 dBm
Accuracy Civilian: < 25 meters
Navigation up to 250 waypoints
Coordinate system Geodetic (lat./long.) GEO, GEO2, UTM, MGRS

 

Ancillaries

  • Primary and Rechargeable batteries
  • Primary Communication Antenna
  • Spare Antenna
  • Remote Antenna Kit
  • Earphones
  • Headset with microphone
  • USB Provisioning cable
  • DS-101 Key Fill cable
  • Protective Faceplate/Display Cover
  • AC/DC Battery Eliminator(s)
  • Pouch
  • Antenna Adapters
  • Battery Charger

The CTS-6025 Tactical Radio Test Set by Astronics is the preferred test set for the HOOK3 radio. The CTS-6025 combines over 16 instruments into one and offers fault detection and operational verification of your radio communications at all levels of deployment.

The CTS-6025 is the most comprehensive communications tester for field testing, reducing testing time and cost, maintenance and calibration costs, lifecycle ownership costs, and the number of “no fault found” results. The CTS-6025 is a complete test system that can test tactical handsets, amplifiers, couplers, cabling, antennae, or any other component of your system.

 

Powerful - 16+ instruments in one

  • Reliable - Fewer frustrating “no fault found” results
  • Flexible - Modular, customizable architecture makes it future-proof
  • Intuitive - Windows-based interface
  • Portable - Small size and light weight
  • Lower cost – Reduced maintenance, calibration, and lifecycle ownership costs
  • Secure - Cybersecure software
  • Supportable – Dedicated engineering, factory, and field support staff

 

16+ Test Instruments Including:

  • RF signal generator, receiver, power meter
  • RF analyzers – spectrum, VSWR, cable distance-to-fault
  • AF signal generator
  • Audio meters – SINAD/distortion, frequency, audio filters
  • Oscilloscope, reference oscillator
  • Digital interfaces
  • Tracking generator
  • Error vector magnitude (EVM)
  • Wideband streaming TX and RX
  • Real-time RF burst trigger
  • Power analyzer
  • NVM and data loader

 

View the Astronics CTS-6025 Tactical Radio Test Set Datasheet

U.S. Air Force Orders General Dynamics Air Traffic Control Radios for Bases in Europe

Sep, 18 2018
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – General Dynamics Mission Systems received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to supply more than 140 CM-300/350 V2 Air Traffic Control (ATC) radios, replacing existing ATC radios currently operating at U.S. Air Force in Europe (USAFE) locations.

General Dynamics Mission Systems Releases Updated MUOS Waveform for U.S. Navy Digital Modular Radio

Sep, 14 2018
The new waveform is software that adds the MUOS capability to software-defined DMR radios, and improves secure voice, video and data communications across the MUOS satellite communications (SATCOM) network.

General Dynamics Mission Systems Awarded Contract for Continued Procurement of U.S. Navy Digital Modular Radio

Feb, 16 2018
With more than 700 DMR radios deployed across the U.S. Navy’s fleet, General Dynamics continues its commitment to provide the Navy with new and innovative radio technologies, developing next-generation communications that support the ever-evolving mission needs of sailors operating around the world.

General Dynamics at AFCEA West 2018: Innovating to Increase Capability and Sustain Readiness

Feb, 05 2018
At the 2018 AFCEA West Conference and Exposition, General Dynamics is showcasing its portfolio of innovative technologies, capabilities and platforms designed to strengthen the combined capabilities of the U.S. Navy and the Marines Corp today and tomorrow.

Radio & Broadband News - November 2017

Nov, 14 2017
General Dynamics Mission Systems’ URC-200 Line-of-Sight radios were recently deployed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to aid in relief efforts in St. Thomas following hurricane Irma. The radios were part of the FAA’s mobile Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers and provided critical ground-to-air radio communications for relief planes at St. Thomas airport.

Radio & Broadband News - October 2017

Oct, 09 2017
General Dynamics Mission Systems is pleased to announce that Comprehensive Communication Services (CCS) of Terrell, Texas has entered into a Domestic Reseller Agreement for select Mission Systems’ Fortress® Wireless and SATCOM products throughout the United States.
More News
  • Features

    Features

    Interoperable with all HOOK2® family radios, Quickdraw2 and SATCOM Base Station in use by U.S. and international customers, the HOOK3 CSR is ideal for unilateral or coalition operations. The user-friendly CSR transceiver is software defined, meaning new features, waveforms and software upgrades can be added as they become available.

    Terminal Area Communications & Terminal Area Guidance (TAC/TAG)

    The new HOOK3 radio features direct, line-of-sight voice and encrypted two-way data communications between survivor and rescue forces (TAC). In addition, the radio incorporates a PLS DME transponder and beacon for terminal guidance (TAG). For assured communications with rescue personnel, the radio communicates to our plug-and-play Quickdraw2® Interrogator onboard a wide variety of rescue platforms, and can also be interrogated by the Rockwell Collins RSC 125G or Cubic PLS AN/ARS-6(V12). Because the radio automatically responds to interrogations, rescue forces can extract the survivor’s GPS coordinates from the radio without operator intervention.

    Secure Information in Just One Button Press

    The upgraded CSR sends encrypted global positioning data (lat/long), user identification code, text messages, and situation reports. This provides quick and accurate location and rescue information for air crews, forward air controllers, and personnel operating in hazardous conditions. A single, short encrypted burst to CSAR aircraft offers low risk of detection and interception. Two-way SATCOM and 406 SARSAT beacon modes provide a real-time, direct, over-the-horizon communications path between survivor and rescue personnel.

    One Radio for Downed Aircrew Search & Rescue Response

    The CSR allows a crew member to carry a single radio and satisfy Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) functions. It will auto-activate with either G-Force or salt water and transmit location data through 406 Cospas-Sarsat or the HOOK waveform. It can also be configured for 121.5 MHz or 243 MHz swept tone beacon.

    Additional Features & Benefits

    • User friendly, software-defined transceiver enables waveforms and software upgrades to be added as they become available
    • Smaller size allows crew members to carry a single radio to satisfy Emergency Location Transmitter (ELT) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) functions
    • Single, short encrypted bursts sent to CSAR aircraft significantly lowers risk or detection and interception
    • Two-way SATCOM and 406 SARSAT beacon modes provide a real-time, over-the-horizon communications path between survivor and rescue personnel
    • Configurable for 121.5 MHz or 243 MHz swept tone beacon
    • Option for P(Y) SAASM GPS Receiver - Radio designed to be upgradeable to M-Code receiver when available
  • Specifications

    Specifications

     

    HOOK3 Datasheet

     

     

    View Document

     

    Frequency Range 121.5, 123.1 MHz; 225–320 MHz; hardware capable of 100 - 512 MHz; 406 SARSAT
    Tuning increments 25 KHz steps (LOS); 5 KHz steps (SATCOM)
    Frequency stability ± 1ppm
    Modulation AM voice; AM swept-tone beacon; PLS DME; Transponder mode: BPSK/OOK;
    HOOK mode: MSK 1200 BPS; SARSAT mode: BPSK; SATCOM mode: BPSK
    Data burst Encrypted (LOS and SATCOM) includes ID, GPS Coordinates and Text Message
    Operating modes Voice
    Swept-tone beacon
    PLS DME transponder
    GPS Interrogation (LOS or SATCOM)
    406 SARSAT
    UHF SATCOM
    Weight 24 oz. with battery
    Size (with battery) 6.4 in x 2.90 in x 1.56 in
    6.4 in x 2.90 in x 1.90 in with SAASM
    Operational temp. –40°C to +55°C
    Storage temp. –40°C to +80°C
    Battery Primary and Rechargeable Batteries
    Battery life SARSAT certification for 24 hours with MAI-150801

     

     

  • Characteristics

    Receiver Characteristics

    Sensitivity (typical) –100dBm (VHF AM Voice)
    –104dBm (UHF AM Voice)
    –138dBm (UHF SATCOM data)
    IF selectivity (typical) <6 dB @ Fo ± 30 KHz
    >50 dB @ Fo ±140 KHz
    Spurious response 50 dB(typical)
    Image response 40 dB min.
    Audio response 500 Hz to 3500 Hz
    Distortion (typical) 10 percent
    Audio output (typical) 50 milliwatts

     

    Transmitter Characteristics

    Average power 1 Watt – UHF; capable of 5W (FM) (future)
    200 mW – VHF; capable of 2W (FM) (future)
    406 SARSAT 5.0W min.
    UHF SATCOM 5.0W ± 2 dB
    Modulation 86% AM
    Harmonics ≤30 dB below carrier
    Distortion 5% typical at 86% modulation

     

    GPS/Navigation

    GPS General Characteristics - Civilian: C/A state-of-the-art GPS Receiver, parallel L1 band only; multiple international constellations supported
    - Military SAASM (opt): 12 channel, L1 and L2 bands.
    Sensitivity Civilian: -145 dBm
    Military: -132 dBm
    Accuracy Civilian: < 25 meters
    Navigation up to 250 waypoints
    Coordinate system Geodetic (lat./long.) GEO, GEO2, UTM, MGRS

     

  • Ancillaries

    Ancillaries

    • Primary and Rechargeable batteries
    • Primary Communication Antenna
    • Spare Antenna
    • Remote Antenna Kit
    • Earphones
    • Headset with microphone
    • USB Provisioning cable
    • DS-101 Key Fill cable
    • Protective Faceplate/Display Cover
    • AC/DC Battery Eliminator(s)
    • Pouch
    • Antenna Adapters
    • Battery Charger
  • CTS-6025 Tactical Radio Test Set

    The CTS-6025 Tactical Radio Test Set by Astronics is the preferred test set for the HOOK3 radio. The CTS-6025 combines over 16 instruments into one and offers fault detection and operational verification of your radio communications at all levels of deployment.

    The CTS-6025 is the most comprehensive communications tester for field testing, reducing testing time and cost, maintenance and calibration costs, lifecycle ownership costs, and the number of “no fault found” results. The CTS-6025 is a complete test system that can test tactical handsets, amplifiers, couplers, cabling, antennae, or any other component of your system.

     

    Powerful - 16+ instruments in one

    • Reliable - Fewer frustrating “no fault found” results
    • Flexible - Modular, customizable architecture makes it future-proof
    • Intuitive - Windows-based interface
    • Portable - Small size and light weight
    • Lower cost – Reduced maintenance, calibration, and lifecycle ownership costs
    • Secure - Cybersecure software
    • Supportable – Dedicated engineering, factory, and field support staff

     

    16+ Test Instruments Including:

    • RF signal generator, receiver, power meter
    • RF analyzers – spectrum, VSWR, cable distance-to-fault
    • AF signal generator
    • Audio meters – SINAD/distortion, frequency, audio filters
    • Oscilloscope, reference oscillator
    • Digital interfaces
    • Tracking generator
    • Error vector magnitude (EVM)
    • Wideband streaming TX and RX
    • Real-time RF burst trigger
    • Power analyzer
    • NVM and data loader

     

    View the Astronics CTS-6025 Tactical Radio Test Set Datasheet

  • Literature
  • News

    U.S. Air Force Orders General Dynamics Air Traffic Control Radios for Bases in Europe

    Sep, 18 2018
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – General Dynamics Mission Systems received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to supply more than 140 CM-300/350 V2 Air Traffic Control (ATC) radios, replacing existing ATC radios currently operating at U.S. Air Force in Europe (USAFE) locations.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems Releases Updated MUOS Waveform for U.S. Navy Digital Modular Radio

    Sep, 14 2018
    The new waveform is software that adds the MUOS capability to software-defined DMR radios, and improves secure voice, video and data communications across the MUOS satellite communications (SATCOM) network.

    General Dynamics Mission Systems Awarded Contract for Continued Procurement of U.S. Navy Digital Modular Radio

    Feb, 16 2018
    With more than 700 DMR radios deployed across the U.S. Navy’s fleet, General Dynamics continues its commitment to provide the Navy with new and innovative radio technologies, developing next-generation communications that support the ever-evolving mission needs of sailors operating around the world.

    General Dynamics at AFCEA West 2018: Innovating to Increase Capability and Sustain Readiness

    Feb, 05 2018
    At the 2018 AFCEA West Conference and Exposition, General Dynamics is showcasing its portfolio of innovative technologies, capabilities and platforms designed to strengthen the combined capabilities of the U.S. Navy and the Marines Corp today and tomorrow.

    Radio & Broadband News - November 2017

    Nov, 14 2017
    General Dynamics Mission Systems’ URC-200 Line-of-Sight radios were recently deployed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to aid in relief efforts in St. Thomas following hurricane Irma. The radios were part of the FAA’s mobile Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers and provided critical ground-to-air radio communications for relief planes at St. Thomas airport.

    Radio & Broadband News - October 2017

    Oct, 09 2017
    General Dynamics Mission Systems is pleased to announce that Comprehensive Communication Services (CCS) of Terrell, Texas has entered into a Domestic Reseller Agreement for select Mission Systems’ Fortress® Wireless and SATCOM products throughout the United States.
    More News

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