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Soldier Wearable Integrated Power
Equipment System (SWIPES)---With an
increasing awareness of the need for alter-
nate energy and power solutions to reduce
the Soldier's physical load and promote
the Army's "green" power, CERDEC's
Army Power Division developed SWIPES,
providing power and protection for
extended amounts of time without requir-
ing the Soldier to do power source swaps
or power source charging separately.
SWIPES uses a Modular Lightweight
Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) vest.
It combines force protection electronics
and communications with an advanced
battery power source to keep high-drain
applications charged all the time, while
also providing the opportunity to custom-
ize the system and add new applications.
The longer mission functionality is a
result of the use of BA-8180/U and
BA-8140/U zinc-air batteries, which
directly power equipment. Zinc-air bat-
teries have high energy density---even
more than lithium-ion batteries---and
are safe for use in military environments.
SWIPES also helps reduce the Soldier's
battery weight by 30 to 50 percent while
still enabling full use of GPS units, shot
detection systems, and handheld commu-
Furthering the Army Greatest Inventions
as the "Soldiers' Choice Awards" was the
addition of the Soldier Greatest Inven-
tions. There were two 2010 winners.
The "Ironman" Ammunition Pack
System for Small Dismounted Teams,
invented by SSG Vincent Winkowski and
other members of 1st Battalion, 133rd
Infantry Regiment, Iowa National Guard,
enables Soldiers to carry and employ
ammunition more easily.
"The ammunition sacks that came with
[the Mk 48 7.62mm machine gun] made
it too cumbersome and heavy to carry over
long, dismounted patrols ... Initially, we
came up with using 50-round belts and
just reloading constantly, which led to
lulls of fire and inefficiency," Winkowski
said. He used what he had available to him,
combining an All-purpose Lightweight
Individual Carrying Equipment (ALICE)
frame with two ammunition cans welded
together and adding a MOLLE pouch to
carry other equipment.
The result was a rucksack-like carrier that
allows a machine gunner to carry and fire
up to 500 rounds of linked ammunition.
The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research,
Development, and Engineering Center
is working to insert the Ironman in the
formal acquisition process to field it to
Culvert Denial Process---CPL Eric
DeHart, 428th Engineer Company, U.S.
Army Reserve, was deployed to Afghani-
stan when his platoon leader asked him
to solve the problem of insurgents using
culverts to hide bombs.
An engineer by trade, DeHart designed a
culvert denial system as a solution. The
device, which looks like a screen across the
opening, is placed in a culvert. It allows
water and debris to pass through without
leaving enough space to emplace IEDs.
Created in 2003 by the U.S. Army
Materiel Command (AMC), the Army
Greatest Inventions awards program is
designed to increase communication
and esprit de corps between Soldiers and
R&D communities. Nominations for the
2010 awards were submitted by various
groups, including the U.S. Army Space
and Missile Defense Command, U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, USMRMC,
U.S. Army Research Institute, U.S. Army
Research, Development, and Engineering
Command (RDECOM), and AMC.
"The 2010 award winners demonstrated
significant impact to Army capabilities,
potential benefits outside of the Army,
and inventiveness," said MG Nicko-
las G. Justice, Commanding General,
RDECOM. "This program's unique
selection process reflects the voice of the
warfighter and insight into the future of
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The Green Eyes Escalation of Force Kit provides multiple auxiliary devices to the Common Remotely
Operated Weapon Station to temporarily disrupt a person s vision, making driving a vehicle or
aiming a weapon nearly impossible. (U.S. Army photo.)
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