Arotech receives US Army Swipes order
Arotech has announced that its Battery and Power Systems Division will supply over 1,500 units of the Soldier Wearable Integrated Power Equipment System (SWIPES) under a new $2.4 million order announced on 25 February.
SWIPES integrates force protection electronics and communication equipment with an advanced battery in a vest-mounted MOLLE system. The system utilises a modular power distribution system that is powered by BA-8180/U, BA-8140/U Zinc-air batteries or LI-145, BB2590 rechargeable batteries for providing direct power to equipment.
According to the company, this enables extended mission times without the burden of power source swaps or charging due to the batteries’ high energy density, reducing the battery weight burden on soldiers by up to 30%. The batteries continuously charge the secondary batteries inside various devices, such as two way radios, GPS units and shot detection systems. The system allows for individual tailoring and is designed to accept new applications as they become available.
Robert S Ehrlich, chairman and CEO, Arotech, said: ‘Reducing the load on a soldier and simplifying the supply logistics promoted SWIPES to be awarded the accolade of a Top-Ten Best Army Inventions in 2011. This follow-on order from the US Army is testament to the effectiveness of our product and reflects its increasing acceptance among US ground forces.’
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