General Dynamics has released a new combat survival radio.

The HOOK3 provides direct line-of-sight voice and encrypted two-way data communications for downed pilots. It also automatically activates and then securely transmits location data when it detects specific G-forces or the presence of salt water.

“The HOOK3 radio is 30 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than the HOOK2 radio, and has a smaller, longer lasting battery,” according to a General Dynamics news release. “In addition, the embedded GPS module has 32 channels enabling a faster position acquisition time, more accurate position reporting and better performance under forested or densely vegetated areas or near structures. The radio 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 radio can also use multiple Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).”

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