Aerotech to deliver soldier-wearable power system to Army
System's batteries can continuously power two-way radios, GPS units and shot detection systems
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Feb 28, 2013
The Army has placed an order worth $2.4 million with Aerotech for its soldier-wearable integrated power equipment system, the company said Feb. 25.
Under the order, the security products provider's Battery and Power Systems Division will deliver 1,500 of its Soldier Wearable Integrated Power Equipment System (SWIPESTM), the company said.
The system uses the MOLLE vest and integrates force protection electronics and communication equipment, with an advanced battery, the company said. SWIPESTM works through a modular power distribution system that is powered by BA-8180/U, BA-8140/U Zinc-air batteries or LI-145, BB2590 rechargeable batteries for providing direct power to equipment.
The method makes possible extended mission times without the burden of power source swaps or charging due to their high energy density, and reduces battery weight that soldiers are carrying by as much as 30 percent, the company said. The batteries continuously charge the secondary batteries inside various devices, such as two-way radios, Global Positioning System units and shot detection systems.
SWIPESTM also allows for individual tailoring for a soldier and is designed to accept new applications as they become available.