Equipment Piece of the Week: Soldier Power

Soldier PowerThe current Soldier Power portfolio consists of the Squad Power Manager (SPM), the Modular Universal Battery Charger (MUBC), the Soldier Worn Integrated Power Equipment Systems (SWIPES), and the Conformal Battery.

The SPM is a lightweight portable power management system that can provide device power or battery charging for up to four devices, including tactical radios, DAGRs, laptop computers, and USB powered equipment. It can use power from solar sources, AC, military disposable batteries, NATO vehicle standard interface as well as civilian vehicles.

The MUBC can replace multiple specialized chargers currently in the Army inventory. It is designed to support the most common lithium ion batteries in use (BB2590, AN-PRC 148/152/154, LI 145/80, conformal batteries and USB 2.0). It is also forward compatible by virtue of its modular design.

The Conformal Battery is a rugged, ergonomically correct battery pack that provides 150 watt-hours. It’s thin, flexible design allows for safe operation and conformation to a Soldier’s front, back or side ballistic plates.

The SWIPES is a modular power distribution system that is designed for use with the conformal battery. For commonly used handheld communications, SWIPES utilizes MOLLE pouch mounted chargers to maintain a high level of charge (80%) with the peripheral battery. The SWIPES also provides direct power to various devices including GPS, radios, and Gun Shot Detection systems. This approach reduces the need for carrying spare batteries for each peripheral during extended missions.

RELATED LINKS

Soldier Power System Overview video
Soldier Power page in the PEO Soldier portfolio

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