Existing batteries are preferred to batteries requiring
development programs. In cases where a development program will result in a
battery with slightly improved performance over an existing battery, the
existing battery is generally preferred. Greater standardization will avoid
excessive battery proliferation within the Federal Stock System and contribute
to the ability of military batteries to achieve anticipated cost and
reliability objectives. Standardization, if properly implemented, can provide
the user with many benefits which will continue through the total life cycle
of the system. These benefits are:
Reduced risk and proven design
Elimination of costly and time consuming development
Reduced unit production costs because of increased
production volume and competitive, multiple source
Reduced operations and support requirements through
commonality for training, documentation maintenance, repair facilities, and
other associated life cycle requirements.
Use existing military inventories as the first priority.
Candidate battery designs are considered, not only for their technical
adequacy, but also for their past performance and current availability. Use of
commercial designs is a desirable alternative, but it is important to consider
militarization to assure adequate performance within the system
Navy hardware acquisition managers usually consider the use of standard batteries
and design requirements as a result of the issuance of SECNAVINST 4120.23.
This instruction endorses the Navy's Standard Hardware Acquisition and
Reliability Program (SHARP), a proven hardware standardization program which
includes standard electronic modules (SEM), standard power supplies (SPS),
standard enclosure systems (SES), and standard battery systems (SBS). The
SBS initiative can provide battery users with existing standardized battery
configurations, as well as the necessary development disciplines to satisfy
new battery requirements.