USMC orders next-gen battery chargers
Bren-Tronics has been selected by the US Marine Corps to deliver its next-generation Advanced Battery Charger (ABC), it was announced on 19 September. Deliveries are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The ABC is a portable battery charging solution that offers next-generation improvements in size, weight and efficiency, while providing selectable power, faster charging times, and increased environmental survivability.
The charger can charge current and future-format military and commercial batteries used on unmanned ground vehicles, electronics, communication and other tactical platforms.
The battery charging capabilities of the ABC include BB-2557/U, BB-390B/U, BB-2590/U, and the Conformal Wearable Battery. The solution accepts multiple power inputs including wind turbines, fuel cells, power from solar panels, wide range DC, and universal AC sources.
The investment comes under the Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) 2016 Acquisition Strategy. The one-year contract comes with four option years for a total value of up to $38 million.
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