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Broadsword Spine tech undergoes military trials

Posted 12 September 2017 · Add Comment

A revolutionary wearable technology has been tested by armed forces across the world.


 
Broadsword Spine is an invisible power and data network that is built directly into clothing using conductive fabrics instead of wires and cables. The innovative e-textile has been developed by BAE Systems with its partner Intelligent Textiles Ltd.
 
The new technology allows vital electronic devices to be plugged straight into a vest, jacket or belt, with custom-built connectors hooking directly into power and data sources via USB.
 
This offers military, security and first responder personnel - all of whom rely on carrying electronic equipment and need a durable power supply for long periods of time - with a more flexible and robust alternative to existing power and data systems.

The system also delivers an estimated 40% weight saving for the user versus alternative options – crucial when on the move.
 
Over the past 12 months the Broadsword Spine has undergone a series of trials with a number of international militaries looking at how new technology can lighten the load on troops.
 
Richard Checkley, Defence Information Director at BAE Systems Military Air & Information said: "Broadsword Spine is built to operate in the harshest environments and to reduce the burden on soldiers on the frontline. Through the unique e-textile technology, and power and data management system at the heart of the product, we are reducing both the workload of troops and the weight they have to carry.”
 
"We have sold Broadsword Spine to potential future users who will trial and evaluate the technology in a number of operational environments. We are working with our customers to support these trials and look forward to meeting their future programme requirements.”
 
BAE Systems will also continue to carry out testing to qualify Broadsword Spine against a range of robust military and commercial standards.

Production facilities are based at BAE Systems' site in Rochester, Kent.

 

 

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