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December 18, 2012 7:27 pm

IDF to Go Digital With Revolutionary Communication System

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is set to introduce a high-tech digital communications system for its ground forces that will revolutionize the way the soldiers fight wars.

The system, called Digital Ground Army (DGA), generates a digital map based on information uploaded on the ground by transmitters and computers on soldiers, tanks and cannons. The system bypasses the traditional use of physical maps and radio communications, enabling senior commanders far away or soldiers on the battlefield access to real time information to speed up the ability to coordinate fire on an enemy target and also to protect against friendly-fire incidents.

“This isn’t a project, it’s a significant revolution,” a senior IDF source told the Jerusalem Post.

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“These are advanced communications that did not exist in the past,” the IDF source said. “Unit commanders will have handheld interactive screens.”

The system is expected to be rolled out to ground forces in 2013. There are future plans to link the system with the air force and navy as well.

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