IDF handeheld radio 311.
(photo credit: Elbit)
To improve protection over voice communication in a future conflict, the IDF is
embarking on a multi-million dollar program to replace its tactical
communication systems with encrypted devices that can also transfer
The new handheld and vehicular devices come with improved
encryption as well as the ability to jump between frequencies, making it more
difficult for an enemy to eavesdrop on conversations between field commanders,
according to Col. Ronen Schneider, head of the IDF Army HQ’s C4I
The new devices were purchased from Elbit and will be supplied
to the IDF Ground Forces Command over a fouryear period. The IDF has also
decided to outsource the maintenance of the devices to Elbit, which will provide
the service for 20 years.
“The new devices will significantly boost our
operational capabilities,” Schneider said, giving as an example the need to
service the new systems after 3,000 hours of use as opposed to the current
systems, which need to be serviced every 100 hours.
One of the new
devices, the CNR-710, has built-in encryption and anti-jamming systems and the
ability to hop between a wide range of frequencies.
The new device weighs
less than a kilogram and can also transfer data and work together with the IDF’s
Tzayad digital army program, which enables units to share information on the
location of friendly and hostile forces.