When we think of military technology, it is primarily weapons that come to mind. However, from 2017 to 2018, the UK MoD inventory consisted of over £53 million worth of medical, dental and veterinary equipment (an 11% increase on the previous year). There are many different types of battery powered technology that can assist military personnel in a medical capacity – on, above and outside the battlefield. All of these have different power requirements and getting the power right is essential when a soldier’s livelihood, during or after service, relies on it.
2019 is set to be a demanding year for US defense contractors, as U.S. President Donald Trump pledges to help several NATO countries to procure U.S.-made military products. Not only is the challenge to deliver high quality military equipment that is suitable for use in another country, but to provide technical support for each component for the lifetime of the device, down to the battery. Ultralife Corporation manufactures a range of leading military batteries and has the technical expertise to solve any potential problems before they occur.
Reports state that the planned expenditure by the UK Ministry of Defence on equipment and support up to 2026 is £178bn. A staggering figure alone but one that is dwarfed by the US current federal budget for FY2018 of $3.9 trillion.
For military devices used by the Ministry of Defence, it is geo-politically safer to have components manufactured in the UK, right down to the power source. As a UK battery designer and manufacturer, Accutronics are ideally placed to supply batteries for devices used by the armed forces, such as covert airfield-landing lights, oxygen concentrators, bomb disposal robotics and drones.
The Accupro custom battery design and manufacturing service can cater for the specific requirements of OEMs building such devices, in terms of performance, durability, size and weight.
~ A look at the high-tech battery that conforms to the shape of the body ~
Today's combat soldiers can often carry up to 100 pounds (45kg) of gear, which may need to be carried through the most extreme environmental conditions for up to 48 hours or more. Here, J.D. DiGiacomandrea, applications engineering manager at military battery specialist Ultralife Corporation, explains the company's pioneering involvement in the US Land Warrior soldier-modernization program and how it led to the development of a high-tech battery that conforms to the shape of the body.
~ What will soldiers look like in 2028 and how will military tech have changed? ~
The rate of new product development is increasing, and nowhere is this more evident than the government and defense industry. With modernization programs and increased military spend, there’s a great deal of innovation emerging from the sector. Here, Jonathan DiGiacomandrea, applications engineering manager for global military battery specialist Ultralife Corporation, explains how technological advancement is reshaping what soldiers will look like in ten years’ time.