PACE (MERCS) (CCI)

PACE is a Pocket-sized Automanual Crypto Equipment for off-line encryption and decryption of messages, as well as for replacement of a variety of paper codes. PACE is designed for use both by personnel in the forward lines and by staff personnel in the higher echelons.PACE has a keyboard for input, a 16 character display for output of information, and a 4000 character internal store for messages. The keyboard contains the 26 letters of the English alphabet, a SPACE key and a SHIFT key whereby a shift to figures can be made. A second push on the SHIFT key shifts back to letters. The display shows the text typed on the keyboard. It can also show the text in the internal store. During initial operation the display gives information to the operator as necessary

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The Message store is divided into a working store and a memory store. The text which is typed on the keyboard is stored in the working store. The text can be recalled to the display for editing. After the encryption (or decryption) the encrypted (decrypted) version of the text is replacing the text in the working store. Any text in this store can be transferred to the memory store. There is an internal key store capable of storing 9 different keyvariables. PACE has a built-in acoustical modem which can automatically transfer messages at high speed from one PACE to another via any voice grade circuit. An error correcting code is part of the system. An optical modem is also included, making electrical interface to various types of communication and printing equipment possible. PACE is powered by one 9 Volt Alkaline battery. The battery will last For approximately 24 hours of accumulated use. A 3.4 Volt lithium Battery will keep keys and communications parameters alive during change of the main battery. The lifetime is 5 years.

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COSMIC TOP SECRET

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Norway

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09-Feb-2015 02:49 PM
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