Arotech said the order was for 1,500 SWIPES units. The monetary value of the order wasn't disclosed.
The SWIPES device utilizes a modular power distribution system powered by BA-8180/U, BA-8140/U Zinc-air batteries or LI-145, BB2590 rechargeable batteries for direct power to equipment. The high-energy density of the system means soldiers can use the system for longer periods of time, reducing the need to swap batteries while on a mission and the need to carry extra batteries.
System batteries continuously charge secondary batteries inside various devices -- radios and GPS units, for example.
"Reducing the load on a soldier and simplifying the supply logistics promoted SWIPES to be awarded the accolade of a Top-10 Best Army Inventions in 2011," said Arotech Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert S. Ehrlich. "This follow-on order from the U.S. army is testament to the effectiveness of our product and reflects its increasing acceptance among U.S. ground forces."
The SWIPES device is worn on a soldier's standard MOLLE vest.