The Defense Ministry and Motorola Solutions signed an agreement on Wednesday, paving the way for a deal for a new, encrypted army cellphone network made up of
The new devices will allow members of the security forces to
text, send digital media and encrypted emails directly from the battlefield to
the command and control centers.
It will replace the IDF’s current
cellphone network, known as Rose Hills – based on older cellphone
The touch-screen smartphones, like their civilian counterparts,
have an inbuilt GPS and an eight-megapixel camera, but they have also undergone
an adaption for use by soldiers in combat zones, and come with unique
The phone has a hardened exterior, is water and dust proof,
and comes with a battery that provides 400 minutes of air time and 500 hours of
stand by time.
The project will cost the Defense Ministry 100 million
dollars to implement and manage over the next 15 years.
Motorola will provide
ongoing technical support for the devices and the network.
follows lengthy negotiations involving delegates from the Defense Ministry’s
Acquisitions Administration and Motorola Solutions in New York.
Ministry said it chose Motorola Solutions due to its unique technologies, which were found
to be well-suited to security needs.
Brig-Gen. (res.) Shmuel Zuker, head
of the Acquisitions Administration, said the first IDF smartphone will bring
with it “a revolution of smartphones in the future battlefield, and will provide
a significant advantage to the IDF and the whole of the defense
He added, “We’ve succeeded in bringing the IDF the most
advanced technology in the world, for the best price.”