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C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

CERDEC seeks new methods for powering army’s C4ISR systems

15 November 2017

The proliferation of radios, hand-held smart devices, GPS, and other personal electronic devices is prompting the US Army to examine ways to meet the demand for power and energy at the soldier level.

The mission duration for any soldier or squad is directly dependent on their ability to power all of their devices and how long they can operate dismounted. That limitation is what is driving research and development and technology development, Beth Ferry, chief of the power division at the US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), told Jane’s.

Research is not only exploring ways to provide longer run times for the devices soldiers carry, but how to do that without increasing the load on soldiers.

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