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Encryption devices of the former Yugoslav Republic

This section of the website deals with encryption devices that were developed, built or used in the former Yugoslav Republic (Yugoslavia). 1 In the period following WWII, many American radio sets were left behind as some form of military aid. Some of these sets were later copied or built under licence of the original manufacturer, such as the BC-1000 radio (known in Yugoslavia as RUP-1).

During the Cold War, Yugoslavia was a communist state, but was never part of the Warsaw Pact (Sovjet Union and allied states) [1]. Although the country was sometimes considered to be behind the Iron Curtain [2], it was always able to obtain equipment and components from both sides. For this reason, a wide variety of international equipment can be found there, from countries like the USSR and the rest of the Warsaw Pact, the US, Europe and, of course, the former Yugoslavia itself.

Over the years Yugoslavia had built up an impressive electronics industry, with companies like the television factory Rudi Čajavec in Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina) making a wide variety of radio sets and encryption devices. A series of Yugoslav Wars (1991-2001) [3] resulted in the dissolution of the Yugoslav Republic and eventually led to the independence of the individual republics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia. As a result, much of the existing industry had to be restructured or was forced to close its doors.

  1. Officially: Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, or SFR Yugoslavia, or Yugoslavia [4].

Yugoslav cryptographic equipment on this website
Wide-band voice encryption unit used by the former Yugoslav Army
Narrow-band voice encryption unit used in the former Yugoslavia
Portable stand-alone message encryptor
Pocket text encryptor
Foreign equipment used in Yugoslavia
Voice scrambler handset
Hagelin Hand-held message terninal with encryption
Related items
Yugoslav spy radio sets
Known Yugoslav encryption devices
Related radio equipment
  1. Wikipedia, Warsaw Pact
    Retrieved April 2015.

  2. Wikipedia, Iron Curtain
    Retrieved April 2015.

  3. Wikipedia, Yugoslav Wars
    Retrieved April 2015.

  4. Wikipedia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
    Retrieved September 2021
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