Batteries are used in almost all military equipment and weapons systems.
Theyplay a major role in the successful operation of such systems. As a
result, system acquisition managers are urged to recognize the importance and
uniqueness of battery requirements relative to their particular applications
and to take appropriate measures to assure proper and cost-effective
performance throughout their life cycle. To facilitate this process, batteries
must be addressed early in the system acquisition planning phase to identify
pertinent requirements and considerations. The following is a listing of
considerations which impact battery selection, development and support.
- Application (function, operating environment, electrical requirements,
- Battery Type
- Life Cycle Planning and Cost
- Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability
- Safety Issues
- Environmental Concerns
Each of the above is addressed in detail in this document.
This document is intended to provide the program manager with key
elements in his decision for battery selection and factors to watch for
during the design and production phases of the selected battery type. It
also provides battery manufacturers with the minimum guidelines about
preferred practices for design, production, and quality assurance. Safety
issues are also stressed during fabrication, operation, and