Israel fielding new communications gear

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The Israeli military reports, that beginning in April, it is deploying a new encrypted communications device developed with Elbit Systems.

The device, called Elad Yarok, can be used with open frequencies used by the military and can transfer data -- including video and photographs -- over encrypted frequencies in real time.


"This is, in fact, the first time that anyone has been able to connect traditional radio transceivers to more advanced communication devices capable of delivering media," Lt. Col. Yigal Padel, deputy commander of a training base said. "We are the first to successfully develop such military capabilities.

"The technology is progressing and the need for alternative avenues of transferring information is growing. We are living in a fast-paced world that moves on a broad spectrum of technology and everything pertaining to moving information is essential to digitally integrated forces."

The Israeli military said Elad Yarok's operating features are automatic and no extra effort is needed to navigate frequencies.

"War has become a war of information," Padel said. "If the information arrives faster, the battle moves faster."

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