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SWIPES battery

Arotech’s battery and power systems division has been awarded a contract for delivery of additional soldier-wearable integrated power equipment system (SWIPES) units to the US Army.

The $2m order represents a follow-on contract for the SWIPES system, which extends mission duration without requirement for power source swaps or charging, due to their high energy density.

Arotech chairman and chief executive officer, Robert Ehrlich, said the follow-on contract reflects the product’s increasing acceptance among the US Ground Forces.

”Since developing the SWIPES product, we have realised over $6 million in sales from the US Army, ” Ehrlich said.

”We see significant future growth potential for this product, not only for the various divisions of the US military, but also for ground forces of other armies."

SWIPES is a modular power distribution system designed to continuously charge the secondary batteries inside several devices, including two-way radios, GPS units and shot detection systems, while reducing soldier’s battery weight by up to 30%.

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"We see significant future growth potential for this product, not only for the various divisions of the US military, but also for other armies."

Fitted with a lightweight, high-capacity Zinc Air battery, battery cable, four-port power distribution hub, radio chargers and direct power cables, the ruck or vest mounted system can be configured by individual soldier and support integration of new applications as they become available.

Having deployed in support of US military’s missions in Afghanistan, the battery is also being supplied to more than six brigade combat teams (BCTs) as part of the capability set 13 (CS13).

The battery had also demonstrated its abilities during evaluations at the Network Integration Exercise (NIE) 12.2, which was conducted at Fort Bliss in Texas, US, in May 2012.

Number of units ordered and the contract’s delivery schedule remain undisclosed.

Image: a US Army electronics engineer wearing a soldier wearable integrated power system within a combat vest. Photo: courtesy of RDECOM PAO.

Defence Technology