Soldiers’ packs, currently including up to 30 pounds of power packs, become radically smaller, using radioisotope batteries roughly the size and weight of a D-cell battery. The new power packs deliver 1-5 watts of power for years and have important civilian and commercial applications as well.
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The UK Ministry of Defense’s future infantry soldier technology (FIST) program is testing technologies related to soldier equipment, weapons, and sighting system. One of the “modified power system” being tested provides power to multiple equipment including—GPS, computer, thermal imaging, and radios—addressing the power requirements of the future soldier. FIST is expected to enter the UK military service between 2015 and 2020.