Military Embedded Systems

Quickdraw2 GPS interrogator certified for use aboard F-35


August 09, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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FAIRFAX, Va. General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Quickdraw2 Handheld GPS Interrogator has completed electromagnetic compatibility testing and has been flight certified by the U.S. Navy for use aboard Navy-operated F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

The Quickdraw2 Handheld GPS Interrogator is part of the General Dynamics HOOK Combat Search and Rescue System and is designed to quickly locate and rescue downed pilots and isolated military personnel.

According to the company, the Quickdraw2 can be attached via a single cable to the existing intercom system of the F-35 without modifying the aircraft’s electronics, transforming it into a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) aircraft.

Officials claim that the QuickDraw2 transmits a message to the HOOK2 or HOOK3 Combat Survival Radio being used by the survivor on the ground, which then automatically responds with the radio’s GPS location. Once located and identified, the recovery portion of the rescue mission can be executed.


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