The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has delivered a lightweight power system to the US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and Evaluation Unit (EODTEU) 2.
The lightweight and portable system consists of common military rechargeable batteries, a solar-powered blanket, a 1lb soldier power manager (SPM) unit and cables to link the SPM with EOD equipment.
Protonex’s vice-president and ONR’s PMK project principal investigator Phil Robinson said the PMK with all of its cables and the SPM in a soft roll case weighs only 9lb, replacing 50lb of specialised chargers and related equipment.
“The PMK gives the warfighter a very significant weight reduction in batteries, chargers and adapters, while also increasing real-time awareness of power usage and availability,” he added.
Five PMK units have been supplied to the navy’s EOD team for conducting trials.