U.S. Air Force pilots, aircrew rely on General Dynamics combat search and rescue radio

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 20 Dec. 2012. General Dynamics C4 Systems delivered 674 AN/PRC-112G radios to the U.S. Air Force to help connect downed military pilots, aircrew, and isolated personnel to search-and-rescue team members.

The PRC-112 radio is part of the HOOK2 combat search and rescue (CSAR) system, which has been used since the early 1980s. Pilots, aircrew, and special operations personnel carry the AN/PRC-112G radio, which provides secure, two-way communications and automated alerts that help rescue crews identify and locate them quickly. The airborne component of the Hook2 CSAR system, the Quickdraw2 Interrogator, is used aboard the search and rescue aircraft to locate the position of personnel and send secure responses back to the AN/PRC-112G radio. A satellite communications base station helps CSAR teams to locate and communicate with the AN/PRC-112G radio over long distances.

“In Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world, the HOOK2 search and rescue system has helped to save the lives of military personnel isolated or in harm’s way during a mission,” says Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “We continue to improve the system and deliver the technical expertise and training that are critical to successful combat search and rescue missions.”

In addition to the U.S. Department of Defense, the HOOK2 system is used by NATO and coalition partners in 29 countries.

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