Epsilor showcased an upgraded version of its COMBATT lithium-ion 6T NATO-standard batteries at the LAND FORCES International Land Defence Exposition in Brisbane, Australia.
Epsilor’s COMBATT 6T batteries are installed onboard some of the platforms that are currently being evaluated by the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) as part of several acquisition programs.
The batteries provide high energy capacity in the following configurations:
- Li-Ion NCA 4.2 kWh battery – ELI-52526-C – which is designed for long, silent watch missions and offers the highest energy capacity available.
- Li-Ion LFP 2.5 kWh battery in a metal case – ELP-02426-M – which is designed to meet the rigorous safety requirements of the U.S. Army.
Epsilor also showcased its soldier wearable power and communication system, NETWALKER, which will be offered to prime contractors participating in ADF’s LAND 125 Soldier Combat System tender.
NETWALKER is a third-generation development of the Soldier Wearable Integrated Power Equipment System (SWIPES), which was originally developed for the U.S. Army over a decade ago and deployed in tens of thousands of units since winning the Best Army Invention award in 2010.
NETWALKER manages and transmits power to all wearable equipment carried by a digital soldier and can transmit hi-rate data on the same set of cables, supporting separate secured networks and different communication protocols such as USB, ETHERNET, SMBus, etc.
NETWALKER is offered in two different systems: the soldier wearable miniature system with up to 6 channels of up to 200W, and the deployable field system with up to 10 channels of up to 1,000W.
“We view the Australian market as an innovative arena of new defense technologies,” Epsilor president Ronen Badichi said. “The Australian Defense Forces (ADF) are going through a massive modernization that incorporates modern fighting vehicles, artillery systems, soldier systems, deployable infrastructure, and more. In all these systems, the ADF requires modern smart power sources.
Epsilor’s offering covers the whole range of energy and power sources required for deployable land forces, as well as mass charging and soldier equipment that meets international and specific Australian requirements.”