Browse Publications Technical Papers 2000-01-3610
2000-10-31

Energy Independence - Using Rechargeable Batteries in Wartime 2000-01-3610

ONE OF THE DILEMMAS FACED BY THE US ARMY IS HOW TO SUSTAIN A BATTLE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME WITH A LIMITED SUPPLY OF DISPOSABLE BATTERIES. MANY OF THE CRITICAL BATTERIES USED BY THE MILITARY ARE VERY UNIQUE, HIGH POWERED AND EXPENSIVE. THE COST OF TRAINING THE TROOPS TO KEEP THEIR SKILLS AND ABILITIES TOP NOTCH IS ESCALATING CONTINUOUSLY. ONE OF THE SIMPLEST AND MOST ECONOMICAL ANSWERS IS THE USE OF RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES, ESPECIALLY FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS EQUIPMENTS. THERE ARE MANY PROS AND CONS INVOLVING THE USE OF RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES AND THEIR ACCEPTANCE BY ARMY UNITS. THE ARMY HAS A FORMAL POLICY OF “TRAIN AS YOU FIGHT”, SO USING DIFFERENT TYPES OF POWER SOURCES FOR TRAINING VERSUS ACTUAL COMBAT IS ANOTHER ISSUE THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED AND OVERCOME.

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