Thales has launched two white papers relating to military communications. The first white paper, ‘Reducing the Battery Burden on the Dismounted Soldier’, specifically addresses how innovative battery solutions can offer support for today’s dismounted soldiers.
The weight of batteries carried by modern combat infantry is striking. Soldiers are expected to carry a considerable burden in order to power their electronic equipment – for example, in 2012 it was reported British infantrymen carried 12.3kg (27.1lb) in batteries for a 36-hour patrol. Thales explores how armed forces are seeking to improve this by means such as:
• Reducing power consumption of equipment in use to prolong battery life
• The use of flexible rechargeable cells capable of charging via multiple power sources
• Using centralised units that supply power to each of the dismounted soldier’s individual electronic devices.
The second white paper, ‘Reducing the Logistical Burden Posed by Disposable Batteries’ examines the issue of primary cells from a second angle, exploring the stresses that disposable batteries place upon the supply chain.
While electronic equipment such as radios, GPS receivers, electro-optic sights and night vision goggles have considerable enhanced the operational effectiveness of dismounted infantry, a challenge remains to logisticians to supply power to these systems in austere environments.
The white paper explores how supplying disposable batteries into austere environments has an overall cost that is many magnitudes greater than the initial procurement cost.
Thales’s new SquadNet soldier radio provides an innovative approach to solving the physical and logistical burden of disposable batteries. Launched at the DSEI 2015, SquadNet has been designed with the needs of the soldier at its heart.
To download both white papers please visit:
‘Reducing the Battery Burden on the Dismounted Soldier’
‘Reducing the Logistical Burden Posed by Disposable Batteries’
See also: Thales launches new secure SquadNet soldier radio