Ballard Power Systems subsidiary Protonex has received a $1.9m follow-on purchase order for the supply of SPM-622 Squad Power Manager Kits to support US Army Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB).

The tough and compact device weighs less than a pound and enables military units to optimise power for multiple electronic devices including; portable radios, GPS systems, medical instruments, Explosive Ordinance Demolition equipment, as well as tablet and laptop computers.

It can draw power from any source – including battery, solar, vehicle, AC or scavenged energy sources – to run equipment or recharge batteries. It delivers deployment-proven benefits to military forces that include dependable power for more than 100 electronic devices currently used by troops and lightened load for troops in the field by reducing their battery burden.

“This follow-on order through the Program Executive Office (PEO) - Soldier supports the mission of the US Army’s SFAB,” said Ray Summers, Protonex Director of Military Sales. “The SFAB’s work is critical in supporting partner training in austere environments and the US Army’s focus on these field forces is contributing to the growing demand for power management solutions.”

The SPM-622 Squad Power Manager system is developed and is produced by Protonex at the company’s facility in Southborough, Massachusetts. To date more than 5,000 units have been deployed by the United States and NATO Partner Nations.