Batteries suck. Can QinetiQ Find a Better Idea? Posted 23-Jun-2006 09:10 | Permanent Link Related stories: Britain/U.K., Contracts - Awards, Other Corporation, R&D - Contracted, Soldier's Gear, Transformation Modern technology gives soldiers many capabilities considered unthinkable 50 years ago, from ubiquitous night vision, to laser sighting that dramatically improves marksmanship, to GPS devices that make it possible for soldiers to know where they are at all times, and nore. All these wonders come with a severe penalty, however: batteries. Power-hungry devices "eat" them quickly, and the batteries are not standardized for different systems. As a result, combat loads for already-overtaxed soldiers can easily go up by several pounds to accommodate the batteries. This problem will only get worse as various :"future infacntry" programs continue to advance, bringing even more electronics in their train.