Two new devices have recently been introduced to active service in the IDF: the radio transceivers MK-710 and MK-714 will replace the old AN/PRC-77 which has been in IDF service for almost 50 years. (Or, as rumor has it, since the dinosaurs left it behind after becoming extinct.)
Both the MK-710 and MK-714 are significantly lighter and more reliable than the old transceiver. While the working time (time between check-ups and repairs) for the old device was around 100 hours, the two new transceivers can go unattended to over 3,000 hours. They add a wider range of operational frequencies, one even being completely encrypted.
“The devices greatly improve our operational capability–within 4 years we won’t be seeing any of the old transceivers”, said the head of the Ground Forces Teleprocessing Corps, Colonel Ronen Schneider. Goodbye to the dinosaurs, hello to a new communications age in the IDF.