Ever wonder why some military hardware has these funny names?
It’s a electronics designation system designed by the Army/Navy during WWII called JETDS (Joint Electronics Type Designation System).
Each JETDS device has a three letter code designating its use, prefixed with A/N and ending with the series/model number. Some examples:
Army/Navy, Human Portable, Invisible Light, Detecting – Search, Model 13
Army/Navy, Human Portable, Laser, Combination Purposes, Model 2
Army/Navy, Ground Transportable, Visual/Visible Light, Detecting – Search, Model 5
Army/Navy, Human Portable, Radio, Communications (two way), Model 77
Intuitive, right? ;-)
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