Power requirements for dismounted infantry, phase II – Alternative solutions for AA batteries

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Authors
  1. Dobias, P.
  2. Po, K.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);Operational Research Div, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Land Force Operational Research Team
Abstract
Defence Research and Development Canada – Atlantic (DRDC Atlantic), under the Advanced Soldier Adaptive Power Technology Demonstration Project (ASAP TDP), attempts to find both a short term remedy as well as a long term solution to satisfy soldier power requirements. The ASAP project team requested that Phase II of the Soldier Power Requirement Study (Phase I was performed in 2006 for the Director of Land Requirements) be undertaken by the DRDC Centre for Operational Research and Analysis to reassess the power requirements of dismounted infantry soldiers in consideration of changes in equipment as well as improved data for its power-related characteristics, and to assess the potential impact of replacing alkaline AA batteries with another type of AA batteries (such as nickel-metal hydride (NiMH)). The analysis presented in this paper shows that while in terms of weight the LFS batteries provide significant improvement over alkaline batteries, they would be prohibitively expensive, costing three times more than alkaline batteries. The findings also suggest that replacing current alkaline batteries with rechargeable NiMH batteries might provide cost saving benefits, but there are several significant considerations that were beyond the scope of this study, such as who would recharge the batteries that need to be addressed before a definite recommendation could be made. Therefore, it is recommended to maintain the status quo (alkaline batteries) until either (i) a third solutio

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Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2008-001 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jan 2009
Number of Pages
160
DSTKIM No
CA031893
CANDIS No
531013
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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