TS-21 Blackjack Secure Rugged Tactical Fax

The Cryptek TS-21 Blackjack Secure Rugged Tactical Fax is a lightweight, self-contained, rack-mountable fax machine that provides the government with the means for secure communications in the field. Easily adaptable to airborne, shipboard and vehicle applications, the Cryptek TS-21 Blackjack is the US Army Standard for Rugged Tactical Secure Fax and can be deployed to support First Responders at the Federal, State, and Local Government levels. Made in the USA.

  • Highly Rugged:  Provides the ultimate protection for the transmission of classified information in hostile environments
  • Reliable in Even the Harshest Conditions:  Resists extreme temperatures, dust, vibrations, jamming and noise
  • Highly Interoperable:  Offers extensive protocol support, commercial Group 3 interoperability, asynchronous interfaces and compatibility for a wide variety of communications equipment
  • Modular Design:  Interchangeable components to make the Cryptek TS-21 Blackjack customer repairable in as little as three minutes


  • Black/White, half-tone, 4, 8, 16 true shades of gray
  • Synchronous Mode/Asynchronous Mode
  • Commercial Group 3
  • US and NATO Protocol Standards
  • Non-standard Protocols
  • PC and data network compatible via the image server serial port (optional feature)

Original Document Size

  • Width:  Up to 8.5 inches (216 mm)
  • Length: More than 40 inches (1.0 m)

Effective Scanning Width:

  • Up to 8.3 inches (211 mm) for 8.5 inches (216 mm) original

Recording Techonology:

  • Linear thermal array: 1728 elements using thermal paper.  No toner required.  Automatic or Manual paper cutter.

Recording Paper Size:

  • 8.5 inches (216 mm) x 165 feet (50 m) roll

Transmission Rates:

  • Up to 64 Kbps synchronous, with automatic adjust to data rate, 2.4 to 38.4 Kbps asynchronous


  • Modified Huffman Algorithm: encoding, decoding


  • 41 lbs.  (18.6 kg), 34.5 lbs (15.6 kg) without cover

Operating Environment:

  • Tested and certified for appropriate sections of DoD MIL-STD-810E and MIL-STD-461D


  • Low: 102h x 98 pels/inch (4.0 x 3.85 pels/mm)
  • Medium:  204h x 98v pels/inch (8.0 x 3.85 pels/mm)
  • High:  204h x 196v pels/inch (8.0 x 7.7 pels/mm)

Scanning Technology:

  • LED Contact Scan Array: 1728 elements (Contact Image Sensor Technology)

Transmission Modes:

  • Compressed, compressed with forward error correction, uncompressed (for high noise environments)


  • JITC Certified
  • Digital synchronous port RS-232C, RS-449, MIL-STD-188-114
  • COMSEC:  STU-II STE, STU-III (all vendors, full-and half-duplex), KG-84, KG-84A, KG-84C, KY-57 (16, 12 and 8 KBPS versions), KY-58 (with airborne radio equipment), MSE, DNVT, DSVT (KY-68), ANDVT, SINCGARS, SUNBURST, MISTE II, BID-series
  • MIL-STD-188-161 (C) Type I (B&W) and Type II (gray scale) and NATO STANAG 5000 Type I (B&W) and Type II (gray scale)
  • Compatible equipment includes AN/UXC-7 (Magnavox and AN/UXC-4(Litton)
  • Optional asynchronous compatibility with IBM PC or compatibles using Image Server  image storage and retrieval softeard
  • Non-standard modified Group 3 digital protocols
  • ITU Group 3 commerical

Outer Dimensions:

  • 19.4 inches (49.2cm) wide x 16.6 inches (42cm) deep x 7.0 inches (18cm) high


  • Auto-ranging 110/240 VAC 46/64 Hz 28 VDC; 240W Maximum