A rugged soldier needs a rugged smartphone in today’s high-tech warfare, and the Defense Ministry is buying from Motorola $100 million of next generation smartphones for its troops. American aid will finance half of the project, with the first military unit to have them in the battlefield within two years.

The ministry said Motorola has the only devices with proven capability of encryption that satisfies the IDF’s demands.

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Globes reported that although details of the smartphone are not available, a picture of it suggests that it has a 4-inch touch screen and is resistant to dust and water.

The smartphone includes a GPS guidance system and an 8-megapixel sensor.

The length of time between charges of the battery depends on how much the screen is used. If the smartphone is used only for talking non-stop, the battery can keep running for nearly seven hours, with another eight hours of standby time.

“The contract for the development and purchase of the first military smartphones will bring the smartphone revolution to the battlefield of the future, and will lend a significant advantage to the IDF and the entire defense system,” said Brig. Gen. (Res.) Shmuel Zucker, director of purchases for the Defense Ministry.

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