U.S. Army Looks to Integrate, Lighten Soldiers' Gear
October 13, 2010 7:17 PM
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Developing lighter batteries could make it easier for soldiers to carry equipment
United States Army
is having trouble with soldiers who are overwhelmed from having to carry
large amounts of equipment
, and new studies show that heavy batteries are apart of the problem.
Soldiers are required to carry basic kits as well as
provided by the U.S. Army in order to perform specific jobs, communicate with other soldiers on the battlefield and stay safe. But the weight of this load has become unbearable, and soldiers are expected to carry this kind of equipment around daily.
According to Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, head of Program Executive Office Soldier, part of the overall problem is that Army offices do not coordinate soldiers' gear very well. Another part of the problem is that batteries are the heaviest pieces of their luggage, and with kits thrown in with specialized gear, this amounts to a full load, and Fuller believes it's time to integrate soldier gear.
"I tell people in my office, 'Stop hanging stuff on the kids like they're Christmas trees,'" said Fuller at the 10th Annual C4ISR Journal Conference in Washington D.C.
Studies indicate that batteries account for three percent of the total weight soldiers are carrying. While batteries are currently being made smaller and smaller while still providing large amounts of power, the demand for even more power in the Army makes it so the
need to be made larger. This is particularly stressful on medics and mortar operators in Afghanistan, who are carrying 133 pounds of equipment for three-day missions. In addition to being heavy, batteries are also "high density energy sources" that can become problematic when people are shooting at the soldier. Fuller says it's like having an IED on their bodies, but the Army is reassessing battery placement on the soldiers in regards to this issue.
More power is needed in the Army in order to
that can communicate information regarding a soldier's surroundings while on they're on the battlefield. Improvements on this kind of technology requires more power.
new integrated sets
of soldier gear are available. This updated gear is called Nett Warrior, and it uses 14 percent less power than older Land Warrior systems. It is developed to perform multiple functions, helping to lighten the load. There are also other available batteries, such as the Soldier Conformal Rechargeable battery, which has a thin profile and can last 72 hours before needing a charge.
In addition, the Army is changing their overall perception of how to distribute this power. Instead of focusing on the soldier as the "centerpiece" of each formation, they are shifting the focus on the tactical small unit as a whole. This change of focus changes power requirements as well as the weight soldiers have to carry.
Fuller noted that Army leaders are now asking 'How much power does a squad need?' rather than individual soldiers. This shift, along with integrated sets of gear, are a few solutions the Army is looking to use to solve the issue of worn out soldiers.
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RE: The time has come
10/14/2010 9:41:57 AM
Unless, of course, we actually SHIELD the electronics with simple EMP shielding. Pretty sure if they can shield a B52 bomber from EMP, they can do it for the electronics in that thing.
The problem I can see, that would be of much greater magnitude, is the power source for such gear. Until we can minaturize a nuclear source of power, and shield it appropriately, the batteries for that thing will end up taking up a lot of the load you're able to carry with it.
Might be easier to just come up with some 6 million dollar man stuff, ya know?
RE: The time has come
10/14/2010 11:31:42 AM
Or how about the fact that EMP grenades aren't exactly commonplace? Haji's take garage door openers and artillery rounds to make bombs, so unless those garage doors openers are easily made into EMP grenades, I'm not too worried.
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