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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev uses Tandberg Tactical MXP

From what I remember, US President Barack Obama uses a MacBook Pro. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper uses a ThinkPad or some other sort of regular Windows-based PC for his computing needs. What about Russia? It seems that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev takes his security a lot more seriously, he’s hauling around one behemoth of a machine.

The Tandberg Tactical MXP is not the kind of thing that you can pick up at the local Best Buy. Instead, this is a super rugged computer that is housed within a massive briefcase; it’s the computing option of choice for the Russian president and mainly used for video conferencing over an ISDN line.

Designed to operate even under the most remote and extreme of conditions, this hardcore computer offers H.264 video standard, CD-quality audio, IEEE 802.1x and H.235 authentication, and over thirteen types of embedded encryption.  MultiSite functionality allows it to connect to four video and three audio sites too.

The carrying case is fully integrated with the computer itself and it has been designed to meet most airline carry-on requirements, not that the President would ever be held up at the airport. This means that it has wheels, a handle cart, and even an inside case for additional accessories.  From a technical standpoint, it may not be a powerhouse, but it’s meant to just work no matter what. Nothing less for the Russian president, right? If you want one of your own, expect to fork out about $16,000 from Tandberg.

Update: Apparently Medvedev also uses a MacBook Pro 17″, thanks Eugene for sending this in.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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  • Kurdi

    You do know it’s not a computer, right?

  • Davy

    Harper uses Baby Einstein.