Today’s dismounted soldiers use various power consuming devices in their operations (night vision goggles, flashlight, GPS, personal role radio, laser aiming device, thermal sight, etc.). This equipment is powered with regular AA batteries or lithium batteries, forcing the soldier to carry over 5 Kg of batteries on mission, as well as putting a severe logistical burden on the operations supply chain. The cost of sending batteries in theatre is also very high. When considering all the shipping costs, using a single battery in operation theatre can cost between 10 to 100 times more than using it at home.
The objective of ASAP is thus to solve this issue by developing and demonstrating a lightweight, efficient advanced power system option for the future dismounted soldier systems (DSS) by optimizing the weight, volume and efficiency of power sources, distribution of power and by demonstrating advanced power sources. The project aims at reducing the weight/volume ratio of electrical power supply such that the soldier can deploy on a mission for 72 hours based on an energy source of no more than 2 kg.
In order to do so, the project seeks to move from disposable energy to “renewable” efficient energy utilization. The focus is on 10 Watt modular power source, using power management, considering electro-textile and flexible cabling for power transmission, and looking at new concepts for connectivity.
In parallel to the ISSP, the Department of National Defence, in partnership with Industry Canada, is sponsoring the development of a technology roadmap to identify technology opportunities to support Canada's soldier modernization efforts.