US ARMY DE­VEL­OPS LIGHTER BAT­TER­IES TO RE­DUCE SOL­DIERS’ LOAD

SP's LandForces - - SHOW REPORT / INTERVIEW -

The US Army Re­search, De­vel­op­ment and Engi­neer­ing Com­mand (RDECOM) is de­vel­op­ing a range of light­weight bat­ter­ies and sol­dier wear­able in­te­grated power sys­tem (SWIPES) to im­prove ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity in the bat­tle­field. Christo­pher Hur­ley, RDECOM Com­mu­ni­ca­tions-Elec­tron­ics Re­search, De­vel­op­ment and Engi­neer­ing Cen­ter (CERDEC) bat­tery de­vel­op­ment projects team leader, said the team has re­duced the size and weight of the stan­dard BA-5590 bat­tery by half, re­tain­ing the per­for­mance and run time. The re­duc­tions were ob­tained through im­prove­ments in the bat­tery’s ma­te­ri­als and the new half­size BA-5590 bat­ter­ies can still plug into the same equip­ment, in­clud­ing ra­dios and ro­bots, as the full-size ver­sion. The ser­vice is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing bat­tery chemistries from lithium-car­bon monoflouride.

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