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Keyboards for combat vehicles

Input devices for mobile and stationary use

As an input medium for connected computer systems, the keyboards meet the different requirements for stationary and mobile operation. The high-quality keyboards are set apart by their durability and resistance to extreme environmental conditions. Equipped with membrane or raised keys and a pressure-sensitive finger mouse, the keyboards ensure input at the workstations in the vehicle for mobile use.

Performance overview:

  • Laser-inscribed raised keys
  • Localised key labelling
  • Pressure-sensitive finger mouse
  • With integrated card reader
  • Suitable for classified areas
  • Abrasion-resistant decorative foil ensures IP65 protection

Important standards and product characteristics

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The plus points

Systems for input under extreme environmental conditions


The keyboards keep out water and dust, withstand salt fog, hold up to fluctuating pressures and the extended temperature range, and function reliably under heavy shocks and vibrations.


An aluminium housing and special design ensure EMC compatibility. KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronic applies various civil norms and standards as well as MIL-SPECS for this purpose.


The keyboard’s raised keys are labelled in local language or bilingually at the customer’s request.


The keyboard enables you to securely encrypt, sign and transmit documents or log in on the network with a class 2 reader.

The functions

The USB keyboards are specially designed for mobile and stationary operation under extreme environmental conditions.

  • Membrane keypad
  • Compact keyboard
  • Keyboard with card reader
  • Finger mouse
  • Backlighting
  • Encryption

Membrane keypad

IP65 protection from splash water or dust thanks to abrasion-resistant decorative foil

Compact keyboard

Robust, durable and compact keyboard designed for more than one million keystrokes

Keyboard with card reader

EMC-certified keyboard in accordance with the Signature Act (SigG) and the Signature Ordinance (SigV)

Finger mouse

The membrane and compact keyboards have a pressure-sensitive finger mouse as a substitute for a regular computer mouse, consisting of a pressure-sensitive joystick and two buttons that replace the left and right mouse buttons.


The keyboard is equipped with adjustable backlighting for use in dark ambient conditions.


EMC-certified solution which meets the strict requirements of the Signature Act (SigG) and the Signature Ordinance (SigV)

Technical data


USB connection (civilian or military round connector)


VG-compliant connector system


1.5 m spiral cable


86 to 89 keys


QWERTY design


QWERTZ design


Other designs on request

Membrane keypad from KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronics GmbH
Two different variants of keyboards from KNDS Deutschland Mission Electronic

Hardware variants

  • Compact keyboard
  • Membrane keypad
  • Keyboard with card reader
  • Keyboard in customer-specific design
  • Keyboard with project-specific functions