US ARMY DEVELOPS LIGHTER BATTERIES TO REDUCE SOLDIERS’ LOAD
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.