In the modern battlefield, technology must fight for space. Soldiers today are sensor platforms—part of a mobile network of users and platforms. Therefore, they are also increasingly prolific consumers of electrical energy. Although devices have become more efficient, soldiers are now required to account for a greater number of devices and components as well as the power sources necessary to use them across long distances and for extended durations. The burden is multifaceted: physically taxing, cognitively demanding, and logistically challenging. During intense missions every ounce of energy—both physical and electrical—is a vital resource.
Galvion’s Nerv Centr® family of power management solutions offer distinct, measurable, and immediate benefits for modern warfighters. The Nerv Centr® SoloPack™ energy module is a super high density unit that is the same size and weight as a 30 round magazine, and can provide enough energy for a 12-hour mission. The Nerv Centr® SharePack® is a soldier-worn energy hub that provides flexible power management by storing, harvesting, combining, sharing, and delivering power to multiple devices simultaneously. The Nerv Centr® Squad Power Manager™ (SPM-622) and Nerv Centr® Individual Power Manager™ (IPM) are capable of integrating with over 200 types of batteries and electronic devices, supporting a wide range of missions and shifting user demands—scavenging from any available source, anywhere in the world, and automatically converting and using that power. And, the intelligent Nerv Centr® Mission Adaptive Charging Station™ (MAX-8) system can draw power from virtually any source, and can charge different types of batteries simultaneously—no special programming or reformatting required.
Discover some of the ways that Nerv Centr power solutions allow solders to take control of their power.
Along with water and ammunition, power contributes significantly to the physical burden. Ruggedized, power-thirsty mobile devices and electronics are indispensable in modern combat, letting dismounted troops see beyond their field of vision—using GPS, smartphones, tablets, and even helmet-mounted screens—and enhance command and control of the surrounding environment. Even with advances in technology, making body armor, helmets, optics, mobile devices, and armaments faster and lighter, the fact remains: the most significant limit for a soldiers is how much they can carry. Paradoxically, as each component gets upgraded and streamlined, more components are added—more protective equipment, more artillery, more interconnected devices.
Even with concerted efforts to reduce the burden, the average carriage weight of a U.S. soldier has continued to trend upward. Today the average U.S. soldier carries at least 60 pounds of gear, with extended patrol personnel often carrying double that weight. Specialized warfighters, such as automatic riflemen, combat medics, and SOF units, can see higher totals still.
Galvion’s Nerv Centr products reduce the number of needed batteries and cables, increasing the efficiency of a warfighter’s electronics. This is not just about relieving back pain: by reducing weight, we give the soldier an edge, in speed of movement and reaction time, as well as reduction of resupply convoys. Reducing the weight burden can simplify operations and boost situational awareness, both of which can save lives.