Galaxy S23 Tac Edition is made specifically for the US military

Samsung Galaxy S23 Xcover 6 Pro Tactical Edition

Samsung has launched a special edition Galaxy S23 in the US. The Galaxy S23 Tactical Edition is a unique phone made specifically for the United States Department of Defense (DOD) personnel. The company has also added the Galaxy XCover 6 Pro to the Tactical Edition portfolio.

Samsung launches new Tactical Edition Galaxy devices for DOD personnel

The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro Tactical Edition are mission-ready devices equipped with advanced capabilities based on military security requirements. These mobile devices are part of a comprehensive partner ecosystem that includes custom software and features. Samsung ships the devices with purpose-built drivers that support tactical radio and mission device protocols.

They let DOD personnel access drone feeds and laser rangefinder information while simultaneously offering conventional cellular capabilities, including LTE, CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service), Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. A stealth mode lets operators LTE and e-911 and mute all radio frequency broadcasting for completely off-grid communications. The Tactical Edition devices also offer secure tactical communication systems.

For on-device security, Samsung has equipped the devices with its defense-grade security platform Knox. Its Knox Dual Data at Rest (DualDAR) service is an NSA (National Security Agency) approved security service that provides dual-layer encryption to protect confidential data even when the device is powered off or in an unauthenticated state. It ensures the secure storage of sensitive information or safe use of the devices in mission-critical environments.


The Galaxy S23 and Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro Tactical Edition devices are also compatible with some special apps. Samsung names the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) and the Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit (BATDOK). The former helps improve the real-time situational awareness of operators through mapping, messaging, and geo-fencing. All team members can simultaneously see the necessary information on their screens.

The latter helps collect and distribute real-time patient encounter information. It enables medics quickly obtain a patient’s treatment history and also monitors the vitals of patients. They can then convey the information forward for advanced care if needed. These downloadable apps come with an optimized interface along with support for the programmable side button on the Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro. The devices also seamlessly integrate with a range of peripherals.

Along with all these tailored customizations, the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro Tactical Edition also benefit from the devices’ existing set of security features and durability. The former has Gorilla Glass Victus+ protection and an Armor Aluminum frame. A separately purchasable rugged military-grade case adds more strength to it. The latter, meanwhile, has a MIL-STD-810H standard ruggedness. Both models boast an IP68 rating and night vision mode as well. Military personnel can also leverage Samsung DeX to quickly create a desktop experience without needing one.

The latest Tactical Edition devices will arrive later this summer

Samsung has collaborated with the DOD for special edition products for over a decade now. It has launched Tactical Edition versions of its latest Galaxy devices in the past as well. The Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition in 2020 was the last such device. The company has now come up with two more. It unveiled the Galaxy S23 and Galaxy Xcover 6 Pro Tactical Edition devices at the national convention for the United States Special Operations Forces (SOF Week 2023) last week. Samsung will release the devices later this summer.