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The IDF has begun to acquire a new wearable computer tablet system that can be used in nearly any situation.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 5/9/2012, 2:44 PM

The IDF has begun to acquire a new computer tablet system that can be used in nearly any situation.

The system, dubbed the Octopus, has been undergoing rigorous testing and received technical approval after operational activity in several units over a period of months.

It's a wearable computerized system, mounted on the soldier's back as part of the infantry rig, allowing for it to be extracted from the mount and installed in a vehicle.

The system was developed by Black Diamond Advanced Technology (BDAT), a U.S.-based firm working in cooperation with CTI in New York and owned by Israeli businessman Eyal Shachi.

It includes a GPS receiver and ports for a wide range of external sensors that include thermal imaging and various cameras. The battery may be detached from the computer and connected to another system without reactivation, and  can be used by forces on foot and in a vehicle.

The Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT) worked together with the IDF Ground Forces branch on the system's development.

It will be used primarily by special forces and is intended for regiment commanders and those at higher levels.

The Octopus was made in the United States and paid for by American foreign aid.