Marines to test QinetiQ man-portable generator in LRIP phase

The U.S. Marine Corps has selected a man-portable generator built by QinetiQ North America for further testing during the low rate initial production phase of its One Man-Portable Generator program, the company said March 12.

QinetiQ's Q-Gen 2.0, which will be tested during the LRIP phase, is the company's latest version of its 1kW, JP-8 fuel compatible, man-portable generator. The generator weighs less than 40 pounds.

Q-Gen 2.0 is designed to meet the needs of Marines for a lightweight, man-portable power source that can easily support military missions in remote, hostile or austere environments.

The model is able to operate on heavy fuels such as JP-8 and Jet A in a wide variety of operational conditions and ambient environments, the company said. Q-Gen 2.0 does not require an accelerant to start or operate on heavy fuels, and it automatically adjusts air flow and engine temperature in response to fluctuations in the environment or applied load.

Q-Gen 2.0 features significantly improved batteries and a more efficient vaporizer to enhance reliability and performance, the company said. The power management system can support the mission needs of military teams that require a readily available source of expeditionary power.

Using JP-8 fuel, the model furnishes 900W of continuous power for more than 3 hours on a single tank of fuel and can be connected to other Q-Gen units to provide efficient and scalable energy solutions, the company said.

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