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Wearable batteries for U.S. Army rounds up four-company, $1.25 billion contract

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June 22, 2021

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Wearable batteries for U.S. Army rounds up four-company, $1.25 billion contract
Photo: Ultralife

WASHINGTON. Four companies -- Bren-Tronics, Inventus Power, Navitas Systems‘ government solutions group, and Ultralife -- recently won spots on a potential nine-year, $1.25 billion contract for a lightweight wearable battery under development by the U.S. Army’s Tactical Power Generation Program.

The Command, Power, and Integration Directorate within the Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center is handling the conformable wearable battery (CWB) development as it strives to provide soldiers with a power source capable of sustaining dismounted operations in remote areas for up to 24 hours.

According to the contract announcement, the 150 Wh Li-ion rechargeable battery is aimed at increasing soldier mobility by reducing the weight and quantity of batteries needed to be carried.

Work on the contract is expected to be completed on May 10, 2030.

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